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October 10, 2019


Ants To The Rescue

In 2019 ethologists published evidence that a species of harvester ants will rescue their nest mates when they become trapped in a spider web.

October 1, 2019


How Ants Turn Into Zombies

Scientists have found zombie ants in the Brazilian rainforests. The ants are infected by a fungus. In fact, scientists have just found four new species of the zombie‑creating fungus, Ophiocordyceps.

August 30, 2019


Which Bugs Are True Bugs?

Today on A Moment of Science, we explore the precise meaning of the word “bug,” and how it differs from the term “insect.”

August 24, 2018


Exploding Ants

Colobopsis explodens is a kind of ant where the workers will make themselves explode to release toxic goo that deters perceived threats.

June 4, 2018


Is That Bug Really a Bug?

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

April 16, 2018


A Cottonwood, A Beaver, And A Beetle

Where most insects fear to tread, a brave beetle feasts on beaver-ravaged cottonwood trees.

December 22, 2017


Army ants in Peru.

The Garbage Collectors Of The Rainforests

Ants are responsible for removing more than half of the waste on rainforest floors.

April 4, 2017


Scientists hope that by studying how addiction works in social insects like ants, they can learn new ways to treat addiction in humans.

Ants Addicted To Morphine

Ants are, so far, the only non-mammal species that demonstrate drug-seeking behavior.

November 3, 2016



The First Farmers

Farming has been a useful tool for a long long time, and not just for humans!

September 23, 2016


Insects. They're yuck to humans but yum to other animals.

A World Without Insects

A world without them might not be as nice as we might think...

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