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Posts tagged bugs

November 22, 2013

 

A bee clings to a twig with it's mouth, and appears to be resting.

Do Bugs Sleep?

Sorry BUGS, your brain isn't equipped for REM sleep, or any sleep for that matter.

April 9, 2013

 

Robber fly on leaf

How Insects Fight Bacteria And Parasites

Imagine that you're an insect, and that you've fallen ill because some bacteria or parasites have invaded your body. What do you do?

September 23, 2011

 

Red dragonfly at rest

Mosquitoes, Beware! Dragonflies Are In The Air!

Dragonflies, carnivorous insects with amazing hunting abilities, will hunt their prey in swarms.

September 12, 2010

 

Slideshow Quiz: Guess That Backyard Crawler!

How well to you pay attention to your backyard buzz? Time to take out our magnifying glasses and get personal.

January 20, 2010

 

A power plant in the distance.

Alternative Energy? Bugs And Biofuel

Scientists may soon find another replacement for gas made from oil. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

March 5, 2009

 

Dead bug on its back

The Dead Bug and the Sleeping Hand

Bugs flip when they die because their legs return to what is called the "position of flexion."

November 27, 2007

 

Close up of dragonfly

Five-Foot Insects

Did you know that three hundred million years ago the earth was swarming with giant insects? How did insects get so small today?

August 13, 2006

 

a wasp preying on a catepillar

Wasp Hounds

Do you shoo away wasps because you're afraid of a nasty sting? Well you can breathe a little easier now. Find out why!

July 11, 2006

 

spider on paper bill

Bugs and Money

You probably had no idea that pests could be so valuable.

December 21, 2005

 

Insect Molting

You probably take for granted that your skin can expand by reproducing cells. In order for an insect to grow in size, though, it must shed its old protective covering and replace it with a new one. This process is called a molt. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

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