Praying mantises fitted with blue and green miniature glasses prove the insects use 3D vision to hunt. This could help scientists better understand how vision evolved in humans, and ultimately improve visual perception in robots.
Although colonies of Florida carpenter ants have designated roles, researchers managed to turn foraging ants into scouts with the use of epigenetic drugs. This suggests social behavior is not necessarily based on an individual's genetics.
Insects are ectothermic, which means their internal body temperatures are regulated by surrounding environmental temperatures. Researchers suggest the key to surviving cold winter temperatures for some species is to maintain a balanced salt and water blood concentration.
A new genus of plant bug, plus four new species from Australia were recently identified.
For many species, including humans, sex is determined by sex chromosomes. However, this is not the case for ants, wasps and bees. A recent study sheds light on the evolution of sex determination in ants and how inbreeding can lead to sterile males.
Kissing bugs have spread to parts of Florida and other parts of the southern U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. Here are five fast facts about the bloodsucking critters and the disease they carry.
Camouflage is a adaptable trait used not only to hide from predators, but to sneak up on prey. Researchers recently revealed horned praying mantises have re-evolved with disruptive camouflage abilities, similar to those found in ancient lineages of the iconic insects.
Despite the lack of maternal care, young orphaned earwigs grow big and strong. However, like their mothers, they too are likely to care less for their offspring.
When cockroaches need to chew through tough materials they turn on muscled mandible boosters that supply them with super-charged chewing powers.
Ant colonies are complex systems built on the cooperation of individual members. When under the attack from a predator, ants work as a well coordinated "superorganism" to esnure the safety of the colony.
Ever wonder how hairy animals keep themselves clean? You may be more familiar with the grooming techniques of household pets, but some animals use "renewable" cleaning strategies researchers hope to apply to keeping technology dust-free.
Whirligig beetles recovered from Alabama's Conecuh National Forest, represent a new species. The newly discovered beetles helped researchers name museum specimens that were previously unidentified.
Five new long-haired parasitic wasp species have been found in India. A recent study revealed these insects prefer spider eggs as their host of choice. The uniqueness of these insects suggest there are many more parasitic wasps to be found.
Some butterflies have developed a toxic chemical that makes them poisonous to some birds. However, birds recognize which butterflies are lethal and avoid eating them. Since not all butterflies are equipped with such predatory defenses, they mimic their lethal counterparts and trick birds into thinking they are poisonous too.