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Saving a Crown Jewel

This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic Voices blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Text and Photos by ...

St. Patrick’s Day: “Green” Animals That Recycle

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, a holiday famous for parades, parties, and everything turning so green that it’s like looking at the world through night-vision goggles. But when we think “green” we sometimes think “eco,” so in ...

Chemical Camo Helps Frog Pass as Ant—And Avoid Being Stung

A chemical disguise secreted by this frog’s skin allows the amphibian to live peaceably among fierce, stinging ants. To protect itself and keep moist, the West African savanna frog spends its days—and much of the dry season—hiding ...

Dung Beetles Use the Sun to Navigate

Call it a new twist on catching some rays: One species of dung beetle uses sunlight to steer its balls of poop, a new study says. The dung beetle Scarabaeus lamarcki can roll poo balls in a straight line, which ...

Praying Mantises Falling Victim to Sex Cannibal

By James Owen The only praying mantis native to New Zealand has developed a fatal attraction for a cannibal invader whose females devour its mates after sex, scientists report. Males of the New Zealand mantis (Orthodera novaezealandiae) are being seduced ...

New Eyeless Fungus Beetle Found in Cave

Scientists have discovered a new species of fungus beetle that dwells in a single cave in Arizona. Like Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, tiny Ptomaphagus parashant has evolved to cope with life in the darkness. The insect once ...

New Eyeless Fungus Beetle Found in Cave

Scientists have discovered a new species of fungus beetle that dwells in a single cave in Arizona. Like Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, tiny Ptomaphagus parashant has evolved to cope with life in the darkness. The insect once ...

How Do Ants Get Their Magnetic Compasses?

By Ker Than Tropical leafcutter ants don’t need to stop and ask for directions—they have internal magnetic compasses that help them navigate.  Now, scientists have figured out just how the insects get their “sixth sense,” which is also ...

How Do Ants Get Their Magnetic Compasses?

By Ker Than Tropical leafcutter ants don’t need to stop and ask for directions—they have internal magnetic compasses that help them navigate.  Now, scientists have figured out just how the insects get their “sixth sense,” which is also ...

Why Do Poisonous Caterpillars Jump?

Chris Darling stuck out his tongue and licked the caterpillar. It was 1998, and as a professor at the University of Toronto, Canada, this wasn’t Darling’s first foray into entomophagy. But it was his maiden taste of the caterpillar, ...

The Wonderful World of Arthropods

Victoria Hillman is a National Geographic Explorer and Research Director for the Transylvanian Wildlife Project overseeing research on carnivores and biodiversity of Europe’s last great wilderness. Follow the expedition here on Explorers Journal through updates from the team. —–— Invertebrates ...

The Wonderful World of Arthropods

Victoria Hillman is a National Geographic Explorer and Research Director for the Transylvanian Wildlife Project overseeing research on carnivores and biodiversity of Europe’s last great wilderness. Follow the expedition here on Explorers Journal through updates from the team. —–— Invertebrates ...

Trading Canoe Paddles for Helicopters: Travel for the Modern Explorer

Andrew Short is a National Geographic Grantee and assistant professor of
 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. An entomologist by training, Short is currently in Suriname, South America searching for aquatic insects to study patterns of freshwater ...

The Bug Chef Shares How to Eat Grasshoppers, Ants, and Spiders in Style

David George Gordon, also known as “The Bug Chef,” has shared his love for cooking insects through demonstrations in thirty-two states and four foreign countries. The Seattle-based chef and naturalist is the author of nineteen books, including 1998’s The Eat-a-Bug ...

The Bug Chef Shares How to Eat Grasshoppers, Ants, and Spiders in Style

David George Gordon, also known as “The Bug Chef,” has shared his love for cooking insects through demonstrations in thirty-two states and four foreign countries. The Seattle-based chef and naturalist is the author of nineteen books, including 1998’s The Eat-a-Bug ...