insects

Crime-Solving Insects Threatened by Climate Change

By Marlene Cimons Climate change has spurred the spread of invasive insects that devour crops, destroy homes, and spread disease. Now, rising temperatures are driving cadaver-eating blow flies to migrate north in search of cooler weather, with consequences for forensic ...

The Glorious Primitive Crane Fly

(Patagonia’s Untold Stories)   Scraping sand grains and pebbles for nutrients, it has wandered the river bed for ten months.  After hiding from predators under submerged rocks it is time to leave the safety of the river behind. Among ...

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 ...

19 New Species of Speedy Praying Mantises Found

A scientist has discovered 19 new species of super-speedy praying mantises that roam Central and South America, a new study says. The insects belong to a group called bark mantises, which are flatter and broader than the more commonly known mantis. “...

Why Is the Cold U.S. Winter Killing Off Stinkbugs?

Humans aren’t the only species bugging out from the polar vortex, the winter weather system that’s still menacing large swaths of the United States with bone-chilling temperatures.  Be glad you’re not an Asian stinkbug, which are dying ...

Bumblebees Can Fly Higher Than Mount Everest, Scientists Find

Talk about a high-altitude buzz. Bumblebees may be capable of scaling Earth’s tallest peaks, flying higher than Mount Everest, according to new research. It’s difficult for most insects and birds to fly at extremely high altitudes where the ...

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 ...

Alien Cockroach Species Invading the U.S.

New York City, home to eight million people and untold numbers of cockroaches, just got a few more of the latter. A newly seen species, Periplaneta japonica, has just been discovered in New York’s elevated High Line park. As ...

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 ...

Botfly Invasion: Why Parasites Pop Out of Animals’ Skin

It’s fall, and that means squirrels are hurriedly securing food for the winter—and so is another creature, the parasitic botfly. As forest animals scurry about transferring nuts from one hiding place to another, they’re also unknowingly carrying ...

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 ...

The Scoop on Termite Poop: Five Cool Facts

By Rachel Kaufman As long as they’re in someone else’s house, termites are rather fascinating creatures. The social insects live in colonies, like bees or ants, and build large nests that can stretch 300 feet (91 meters) across. There are ...