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Watch A Wasp Turn A Cockroach Into A Zombie

Be honest, when you’re watching a tv show like The Walking Dead or going through some zombie movies, you imagine how you’d act and what you’d do in a world full of zombies. But alas, you’re only in the real world and safe from the zombie apocalypse. Turns out zombie world isn’t that far away though! A jewel wasp actually has the power to turn their prey into the living dead.


Suffering For Science: Why I Have Insects Sting Me To Create A Pain Index

Over the past 40 years (but in reality since I was five years old), I’ve been fascinated with insects and their ability to sting and cause pain. In graduate school, I became interested in why they sting and why stings from such tiny animals hurt so much.

To answer these questions, we first needed a way to measure pain – so, I invented the insect pain scale. The scale is based on a thousand or so personal stings from over 80 insect groups, plus ratings by various colleagues.


Scientists Gave Praying Mantises Tiny 3D Glasses To Prove They Have 3D Vision

Scientists outfitted praying mantises with 3D glasses made of beeswax to confirm that the insects have 3D vision. But they couldn’t show the mantises the equivalent of IMAX films.


Can You Spot The Imposter Bug?

Photo: Redditor muppaphone was forced to do a double take earlier this week while browsing through the insect collection at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. We see what they did there.


A Live Cricket Steers Mattel's New Autonomous Toy Car

Instead of releasing yet another smartphone-controlled RC toy car to the yawns of children everywhere, Mattel’s Bug Racer takes kids out of the equation altogether. They still get to watch it race around a room, but this toy car’s controlled by a live cricket scurrying around the vehicle’s cockpit.


We Still Don't Know Why The Heck There Are So Many Blue Tarantulas

A very particular shade of blue hair has evolved independently on eight separate occasions and in at least three different ways in tarantulas, a new study finds. And scientists are having a hell of a time figuring out why.


These Exquisite Bee Photographs Reveal Every Delicate Hair, Antenna, And Wing

As part of their research into bees, the United States Geological Survey has compiled a drop-dead gorgeous gallery of bees. From flufftastic fuzzballs to sleek torpedoes, the variety of bees is awe-inspiring.


These Videos Show You A Part Of Flies You've Probably Never Noticed Before

Video: You may have seen halteres on flies, but you probably didn’t know what you were seeing. They’re the odd little twig-like extensions behind the fly’s wings. These up-close videos give you a much better look, so you’ll always notice from now on.


Orphan An Earwig And They Will Grow Up Bigger

Think hard the next time you squish an earwig. If that earwig had babies, you’ve just orphaned them, thereby producing bigger earwigs.


A Cockroach Can Bite Five Times Stronger Than A Human

The cockroach is a resilient little beast, and now it turns out they have the proverbial jaws of death. They can bite with a force 50 times stronger than their own body weight, and with five times more force than a human being.


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