“8000 locust, 2000 crickets, 4000 cockroaches. See you tomorrow night,” was the text Huck Magazine writer Michael Segalov received hours before activists unleashed those exact breeds and quantities of insects inside a Byron burger location in London. The bugs came from activists upset by some recent anti-immigration…
Female praying mantises have a habit of killing and eating their partners during sex, which sucks for the male. Or does it? A fascinating new study shows this sacrifice is actually giving the males a distinct reproductive advantage.
New evidence shows that insects were using camouflage to hide from their predators as many as 100 million years ago—and wow did these ancient bugs ever employ some strange forms of deception.
To test the sticking power of the glue used inside its Gokiburi Hoi Hoi roach traps, a Japanese pest control company called Earth Chemical created a human-sized version and then made a scientist, athlete, and sumo wrestler attempt to get from one end of it to the other. They all failed miserably. But watching the…
Dung beetles have this really neat trick by which they’re able to use the positions of the stars to orient themselves along a straight line, making them the only known animal to use the Milky Way for navigation. Exactly how they do this has remained a mystery—until now.
Photographer Levon Biss takes such incredibly detailed pictures of insects (most smaller than half an inch big) that he can blow up his insect portraits to nearly 10 feet in size. It’s a treat to see him work. And there is just so much work involved in photographing each insect. He lights each specific section of the…
Does it come as any surprise that a portrait photographer’s hobby would still be photography? Given that Levon Biss didn’t have room for an entire portrait studio at home, he turned to shooting insects in his spare time. But his macro setup, and skills have resulted in some of the most spectacular insect portraits…
Bed bugs are among the most dreaded pests we have to deal with, and they’re proving to be a formidable foe. New research suggests that bed bugs are able to ward off insecticides by developing thicker skins.
If you don’t want your home invaded this summer, you’ll want to learn the results of a summer-long experiment meant to test whether different light bulbs attract different amounts of bugs. It turns out that incandescent bulbs attract the most insects, while yellow-orange LEDs attract the least.
Be honest, when you’re watching a tv show like The Walking Dead or going through some zombie movies, you imagine how you’d act and what you’d do in a world full of zombies. But alas, you’re only in the real world and safe from the zombie apocalypse. Turns out zombie world isn’t that far away though! A jewel wasp…
Science, isn’t it great? Especially when it’s bringing us fascinating insights like this one: there could be up to 500 species of arthropods—insects, spiders, mites, and centipedes—living right alongside you in your home. Apparently, the war on bugs was always a lost cause.
Instead of releasing yet another smartphone-controlled RC toy car to the yawns of children everywhere, Mattel’s Bug Racer takes kids out of the equation altogether. They still get to watch it race around a room, but this toy car’s controlled by a live cricket scurrying around the vehicle’s cockpit.
Spider crickets are masters of aerodynamics. They don’t have wings, but they can jump up to 60 times their body length — equivalent to a human track star jumping the length of a football field. Now a team of engineering students at Johns Hopkins University has videotaped the critters in slow motion and discovered some…
So, what are you having for dinner tonight? Some grilled chicken? Yet another steak? Allow us to change your mind.
Alan Turing earned deserved fame in computing and cryptography, but he didn’t confine himself to one subject. One of his famous papers dealt with biology, and has just been spotted written all over the eyes of insects.
Yesterday, Burning Man organizers revealed the truth: the annual desert arts festival is infested with bugs. Swarms of them. Piles of them. What are they? Why has nobody ever seen them before, in over two decades of building mega-party spaces in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert? We found out.
We’re in the thick of summer now, which means one thing. The creepy crawly bugs are out. But don’t be afraid. For this week’s Shooting Challenge, grab your camera and take some photos.
A senior reserves officer was walking through England’s Northamptonshire’s Pitsford Water Nature Reserve when she spotted what appeared to be a plastic bag caught in some tree branches. But on closer inspection it was bee hive — but without its typical external casing.
For its size, the coffee berry borer makes your caffeine consumption look almost laughably manageable, downing an amount that relative to its body mass would be like a person taking 500 shots of espresso in one day—and its habit is becoming a real threat to coffee supplies.