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Naming A Cockroach After Your Valentine Is Actually Really Romantic

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 01.25.2016 | Weird News

For the sixth year running, the Bronx Zoo is offering die-hard romantics the chance to name a cockroach after their beloved for Valentine’s Day. The...

I Have Terrifying Large Insects Sting Me, For Science

The Conversation | Nico Pitney | Posted 01.22.2016 | Science

Over the past 40 years (but in reality since I was five years old), I’ve been fascinated with insects and their ability to sting and cause pain. In ...

Here's The Secret Behind Army Ants' Bridge-Building Ways

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 11.27.2015 | Science

Ants are pretty awesome. They clump up into islands to survive floods. They construct ginormous colonies. They even do acrobatics to build bridges (ab...

Your Cat's Grooming Habits Could Solve A Huge Problem In Technology

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 11.11.2015 | Science

While hair keeps animals warm, it also creates a daily burden of maintenance. Adult cats, for instance, spend up to 50 percent of their day grooming. ...

World's Smallest Free-Living Insect Discovered

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.13.2015 | Science

A Russian scientist says he’s discovered the world’s smallest free-living insect -- and the critter sure is tiny. Alexey Polilov, a professor at L...

This Week In Science: Seeing Infrared, Earth's Shield, and a Bug Smorgasbord

World Science Festival | Posted 02.04.2015 | Science
World Science Festival

Seven days; lots of science in the news. Here's our roundup of this week's most notable and quotable items.

Ducklings All Ditches United

Roeselien Raimond | Posted 10.28.2014 | Arts
Roeselien Raimond

On one of my bike rides, I came across one of my favourite topics: baby ducklings! Squeaky brakes and a firm jump immediately brought me at duck level...

Mr. Pink: The Rare Pink Grasshopper

Roeselien Raimond | Posted 10.04.2014 | Arts
Roeselien Raimond

Not so long ago, one of my photo-pals found a pink grasshopper. To be very honest: his special find made me a little bit jealous.After all it is just about the closest thing to a pink elephant!

A Day in the Life of a Field Biologist: The Itch-and-Scratch Complex

Meg Lowman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Science
Meg Lowman

I love insects, which is probably why I became a scientist, focusing on these extraordinary critters and their relationships with plants in the forest canopy. But insects also love me -- and a recent research trip to Ethiopia proved no exception.

If You're Afraid Of Spiders, Shield Your Eyes

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

There are spiders, and then there are Australian spiders. Seriously, this arachnid could star in its own monster movie, no special effects needed...

WATCH: This Flower Is Not What It Seems

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.24.2014 | Green

You might have to do a double-take before realizing this beautiful flower is not what it seems. It is actually a brilliantly camouflaged insect ca...

Spider Facts vs. Myth

Posted 10.31.2013 | Green

Do you really swallow four spiders a year? Are hobo spiders actually that dangerous? Surprisingly, no. The folks over at Porch.com put together thi...

Hand-Feeding Tiny Dragonfly Is A Surprisingly Huge Case Of Cute

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.12.2013 | Green

When this woman found an injured dragonfly on the banks of the Willamette River, she tried to feed it a few different ways. Finally one method worked,...

You'll Never Believe What This Rifle Does

Posted 09.05.2012 | Small Business

The housefly has met its match: table salt, shot out of a fake assault rifle. That's the gimmick behind the Bug-A-Salt, an "insect eradication devi...

Dung Beetles' Poop Preferences Revealed

Posted 04.15.2012 | Science

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 04/13/2012 03:56 PM EDT on LiveScience Dung beetles prefer the smelliest poop they can fin...

Proving That Size Does Matter, The Singing Penis Insect Is The Loudest Animal On Earth

Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

Courtship never sounded so sweet -- at least in the insect kingdom. It appears that a tiny bug known as the singing penis (also, water boatman, or Mi...

The Beetle Is The World's Strongest Insect

The Independent | John von Radowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

After months of trials, a contender for the title of World's Strongest Insect was named by scientists today. The dung beetle species Onthophagus taur...