Even if you don't remember your grade-school biology classes, Marvel's recent Ant Man movie has reminded us that the average ant is capable of some incredible feats, including lifting anywhere between 100 and 5000 times its own body weight. However, when carrying something that's too big to see around, how do the insects find their way? New research has the answer.
A dragonfly once thought to be extinct is now seeing reintroduction into the wilds of Illinois. And while that's great news for conservationists trying to preserve a natural beauty, it has become a thorn in the side of local water utility projects.
Has a visit to the pet shop ever made your mouth water? No? Then you've clearly never had guinea pig. The cuddly rodents have been a reliable snack in parts of Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia for generations. Called cuyes in Spanish, the animals are reportedly easier to raise and breed than chickens, and are eaten en-masse during key holidays. However, it's those feasts that could be leading to an unintended consequence: a plague of parasitic bites that is bringing South America to its knees.
Social insects have smaller brain regions for central cognitive processing than solitary insects, researchers say.
Hawkmoths have the tough task of hovering mid-air to obtain their favorite flower nectar, even in the dark, but new fascinating research shows that these insects can slow down their brains for better night vision - while continuing to perform demanding tasks.
In summertime, ladybugs, or ladybirds, are perhaps the most friendly-looking insects around, but be careful, because they are also toxic. And new research shows that the brightness of their color reveals the extent of their toxicity to predators.
For as long as it has been in society's crosshairs, homosexuality has been part of a very simple debate: is it natural or is it a choice? The question of whether it was helpful to a species was never considered; after all, do we question whether it's better for humanity to boast a specific eye color or personality? Now however, a new study has revealed that the trait can be very helpful to a species, and you won't believe how.
The longhorned beetle was long thought to be the cologne connoisseur of the insect world, selecting mates based on smell alone. However, like a frat house drowning in Axe body spray, sometimes all the males in a region smell the same. So how do lady longhorns know who's 'Mr. Right?' According to a new study, timing is everything.
For as long as experts have been researching how bats hunt, they have also seen that some moths have the unique ability to jam honing sonar. Among hawkmoths, for instance, the sonic calls of bats are apparently disrupted by dissonant signals coming from the insects' genitals. Now, researchers think they have determined the evolutionary roots of this unusual defensive adaptation.
US honeybee populations continue to suffer - the reason for which still eludes scientists - as new research has revealed that their numbers have dropped more than 40 percent during the year spanning April 2014 to April 2015.
Who are the best diggers around? Is it humans? Fantasy dwarves? Mole people? Nah... as far as the experts are concerned, the fire ant takes the cake. New research has revealed that one of the primary reasons these little guys are such successful invaders is that they are able to thoroughly excavate complex colonies regardless of where they decide to settle - whether it be in wet clay or coarse and difficult-to-shape sand.
Bioluminescence. Throughout nature, glowing in the dark could have a number of intriguing purposes, ranging from vision to attracting prey. However, a new study of millipedes suggests that it starts as a simple biological mistake and, for some, can stay that way.
When you think of beetles, you probably think of the many harmless bugs that wing around a garden looking for some tasty aphids to devour. They don't bother you, and you likely have no reason to bother them. This changes in the case of the bombardier beetle - a species infamous for its ability to spray a powerful jet of superheated chemicals that can even scald human skin.
Check this guy out. Researchers recently took a close look at a 100 million year old cockroach specimen preserved in beautiful, transparent amber, and they are saying that it is part of a new family of long-extinct night-hunting cockroaches that were not all that different from today's praying mantids.