The Hawaiian islands are slowly being conquered, but not by an invading country or aliens from outer space. Instead, the aptly named "little fire ant" seems to be winning an ecological war on the island, surging back with a vengeance even after they were thought to be defeated earlier this year.
We all know that some of the nastiest lady-bugs eat their mate right after coupling. It's a disturbing side of the invertebrate world that we humans have trouble wrapping our heads around. "If she's going to eat him after they mate, why would he go anywhere near her?" is one question commonly asked. Now new research shows that male bugs aren't necessarily stupid, they're just gullible.
Little did you know that humans were not the first farmers. A lineage of ants based in South America has been known to cultivate their own food using a selective process that produces a high-yield fungus. Now researchers have found that not only have these ants been doing this for the greater part of 50 million years, but they have actually improved the practice over time.
Do you remember your first game of catch? It may be easy now, but guessing where the ball was headed and getting your hand in its path was something you had to learn. It turns out that this isn't so for dragonflies, who appear to be born with the ability to predict the flight path of their prey.
Fairy tales will tell you that the monster will want you fattened up first before it eats you. But in nature, fattening yourself up may just be the best way to avoid becoming someone's else's snack. That's at least true for crickets, which purposely overeat to give them a better chance of surviving an encounter with a predatory spider.
The Amazon rainforest is full of some amazing things, but you've never seen this before. A wildlife photographer and a team of entomologists recently confirmed the existence of a beautiful and deadly (for prey, anyways) glowing worm.
Here's something you may have not known about ants: Once a year, for no discernible reason, some colonies just pack it up and move. Now, a new study attempts to investigate the "why" of this mystery by fleshing out some of the "how."
Even as winter closes in, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) continues to be a threatening nuisance to states across the East Coast, destroying ash trees and jacking up the price of firewood just before we need it. Now it has spread to new states and Canada, sparking renewed efforts to keep it contained.
The walnut twig beetle was once nothing but a nuisance for black walnut trees across the western United States. Now, however, it appears that the beetle has gained a partner in crime - a mutated fungus that infects anywhere the beetles go. This has allowed the once-pests to "go rogue," now inflicting near-irreversible and sometimes fatal damage to these trees and trees like them.
An angry swarm of bees has always sounded scary, but what about an angry suicidal swarm of biting bees? Now that sounds like pure terror. A new study of Brazilian stingless bees has found that to defend their homes, these little guys will latch onto a threat and won't stop biting until they die.
The face of search and rescue, traditionally characterized by brave men and women and your occasional St. Bernard, just got a bit uglier. That's because researchers have created cyborg cockroaches that are capable of homing in on the sound of distressed disaster victims in tight spaces.
An international team of experts have released the most comprehensive evolutionary roadmap of insects to date, detailing their "tree of life" in incredible detail and simultaneously showing when and why these little pests actually started to buzz around in the air.
If you ever get the opportunity to see a Spotted Lanternfly mid-flight, you're in for a treat. The impressive wing patterns of this tiny insect can be rather beautiful. However, seeing one is very bad news if you're in the United States, as this bug beauty is really an invasive pest that is currently threatening Pennsylvania.
A new field study of two rival ant species has shown that ant queens will willingly mate with males from the opposing group in order to quite literally serve as "sperm parasites," stealing potential female births. The result is an unusual bedroom arms race between these ants, where they develop new strategies to trick males or to escape a rival queen's lustful clutches.
Dazzling colors and flamboyant displays are a common way for males to get the girl in the animal kingdom, but did you know this goes for fruit flies too? The incredibly tiny and uniform insects actually have a hidden display that is all about the sheen of their wings. Males who boast a particularly psychedelic shine have been found to be far more likely to find a mate and reproduce within their short lifetime.