Insects and Spiders
Here in the United States, we rarely have to worry that a mosquito bite will cause malaria. Like Canada, Australia, much of Europe and a few other places, we've been designated "malaria-free" by World Health Organization. Other places aren't so lucky. Nearly one million people died from the disease...
March 11, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
It hasn’t taken much research (aside, I guess, from trial-and-error) to know humans under the influence of anything, from martinis to marijuana, tend to function less efficiently .But that doesn’t seem true for certain spiders, according to research done by William Eberhard, an entomologist at the ...
January 27, 2010 | By Erica R. Hendry
Yasuní National Park, in the Ecuadorian Amazon, is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, according to scientists who recently completed a study examining the park's plant and animal populations. A single hectare (2.47 acres) of land, for example, contains 655 tree species, more than you ...
January 22, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
Orchids of the Angraecum genus are famous—in evolutionary biology, at least—because of the comet orchid, A. sesquipedale, of Madagascar. After Charles Darwin examined this orchid, he hypothesized in 1862 that, based on the length of the flower's nectar-spur, there would be a a moth with an equally ...
January 14, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
Eye doctors in England have some advice for tarantula owners: wear protective glasses when caring for your pet.The Chilean Rose tarantula (Grammostola rosea), the species of tarantula most likely to be found in your local pet shop, has tiny hairs on the rear portion of its body. If the spider feels...
January 04, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
In Worcester, Massachusetts, authorities are battling an invasive insect that is poised to devastate the forests of New England
November 2009 | By Peter Alsop
Invasive beetles of various colors and sizes have infiltrated U.S. forests, despite efforts by government experts
October 18, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
Zebra longwing butterflies (Heliconius charithonia) can be found flitting about the southern United States through Central and South Americas. Like several other species of the Heliconius genus, male zebra longwings often find a mate before she has emerged from the pupal stage of life, guarding her...
October 15, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
Eophrynus prestivicii (left) and Cryptomartus hindi are species of spiders that lived about 300 million years ago. Discovering the details of their biology from fossils isn't easy, especially since these arachnids were only about an inch long. So scientists from England and Germany took more than 3...
August 07, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
A new photo exhibit featuring the work of biologist Mark Moffett reminds us that we still live in an age of discovery
July 2009 | By Amanda Bensen
Bugs tap, dance and buzz to attract their mates—and some get eaten
February 12, 2009 | By Abigail Tucker
February 2009 | By Anika Gupta
The oldest fossil spider was thought to be Attercopus fimbriunguis, which lived around 386 million years ago. But the scientists who discovered that fossil 20 years ago have found a few more in recent years and have now rethought their original conclusion. What they really found, they report this w...
December 24, 2008 | By Sarah Zielinski
No detail is too small for students at the Linnaean games, an annual national insect trivia competition
November 17, 2008 | By Abigail Tucker
Test your insect knowledge by answering these trivia questions
November 17, 2008 | By Abigail Tucker / University of Maryland Linnaean Games Team
Scientist Falk Warnecke's research into termite digestion may hold solutions to our energy crisis
August 01, 2008 | By Julia Olmstead
Silkworm farming, or sericulture, was a backbreaking job that often required the participation of entire families
July 2008 | By Peter Ross Range
On the role of cellphones, pesticides and alien abductions in the honeybee crisis
June 2007 | By David Zax
A new strategy to curb the spread of gypsy moths
November 16, 2006 | By Eric Jaffe
Fireflies' come-hither signals are being decoded by penlight-wielding biologists who've found treachery, also, in the summer-night flashes
June 2005 | By Jessica Gorman