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Posts tagged insects

November 21, 2006

 

a group of marching ants on a rock

Ants on Stilts

We've all had ant troops visit us on our picnics. Find out more about the science behind the march of the ants.

October 31, 2006

 

an orb web covered in dew

Spiders Go Way Back

Ever come across a perfect spider web? How do spiders design their webs?

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 16, 2006

 

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The Fastest Running Insect

The fastest of them are so fast that they travel about 170 times their body length per second.

July 11, 2006

 

fruit flies in trap

Boozing Fruit Flies

That's right, fruit flies hold their liquor better than just about any other member of the animal kingdom.

May 22, 2006

 

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A Bug’s Gotta Have Heart

Do insects even have hearts? Sure they do, but their hearts are somewhat different from human hearts.

May 22, 2006

 

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Is That Bug Really a Bug?

True bugs are distinguished from other insects by the structure of their mouthparts and the way they feed.

February 7, 2006

 

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Poisonous Birds

In the early 1990's, ornithologists were stunned to learn about the discovery of poisonous birds.

February 7, 2006

 

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Great Balls of Fire

If honeybees in China were to become characters in a superhero comic book, they might be called Great Balls of Fire.

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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