In evolutionary terms, a "successful" organism is one that passes on its genes -- not necessarily one that lives a long life.
Female aphids don't need males to reproduce. Their trick is called "parthenogenesis" and means big savings in time and energy.
Rose bushes and other plants have a time honored method of communicating with yellow jackets and other wasps.
Higher atmospheric CO2 increases the rate of photosynthesis, and thus the amount of carbohydrates in plant leaves.
Did you know that three hundred million years ago the earth was swarming with giant insects? How did insects get so small today?
For a plant, nectar is something like a political campaign contribution. "The Mystery of the Fern's Nectar" on this Moment of Science.
We've all had ant troops visit us on our picnics. Find out more about the science behind the march of the ants.
Ever come across a perfect spider web? How do spiders design their webs?
Do you shoo away wasps because you're afraid of a nasty sting? Well you can breathe a little easier now. Find out why!
The fastest of them are so fast that they travel about 170 times their body length per second.