insects

World's Largest -- And Most Gross -- Aquatic Insect Discovered In China

Briefly: A new specimen of an insect was found this month in a mountain in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China. The insect belongs to the order of Megaloptera and has a wingspan of 21cm.


This Beautiful Rainbow Insect Is Actually A Wasp

Photo: So today I learned that all wasps are not yellow and black. There’s a an iridescent rainbow variant called the cuckoo wasp — of which this is a particularly beautiful specimen. They are klepto-parasitic wasps, who lay eggs in others insects’ nest. The baby wasps will then eat the eggs or larva in the nest. Gorgeous bastards.


Gorgeous Slow-Mo Of The Machine-Like Beauty Of Honeybees In Flight

Video: Photographer Michael Sutton spent hours getting up close and personal with a hive of honey bees at Hillside Apiaries in New Hampshire. He got stung three times. But he also got this gorgeous slo-mo footage of honey bees in flight. I bet you’ll never look at a bee the same way. There’s something really engrossing about seeing a bee’s flight slowed down so far, you can see it beating its wings. It all looks so improbable — it seems like there’s too much body and not enough wing to sustain flight. Good thing nobody told the bees.


Drawing Lines With A Pen Can Magically Control Bugs

Video: I’ve always wondered what some bugs are actually aware of. Can they see what’s happening above them? Do they realise when we’re screwing with them? Or can they only make 2D decisions in a 3D world? Like this guy shepherding a bug on a piece of paper by just drawing lines with a pen.


Citronella Ink Helps This Clever Newspaper Keep Mosquitoes At Bay

In some parts of the world, a mosquito bite is a minor inconvenience that might result in a few days of uncomfortable itching. In other parts of the world, the pests spread deadly diseases, such as malaria and dengue fever. So for the 2014 World Health Day, ad agency Leo Burnett created the world’s first mosquito-repelling newspaper in Sri Lanka.


This Device Records The Music Made By Flapping Insect Wings

Bzzz. Bzzzzzzz. Bzzzz. That’s the sound of a house fly slowly driving you insane, but it’s music to the ears of a team of computer scientists and entomologists at UC Riverside. These meticulous folks came up with a way to collect data on insects by tracking the distinct melodies of their wings in flight.


This Insect Farm Grows Fly Larvae For Your Dinner

They’re safer than fish, healthier than beef and cheaper than chicken — bugs: they’re what’s for dinner. To help get a few more of these insects into our diets, a forward-looking designer has built the Fly Factory, a system for breeding fly larvae for human consumption.


Earthling Worms Can Be As Disgusting As Alien Face Huggers

Blood Worms. They look like gentle earthworms until they extend their mouths and show their teeth made of atacamite, “a copper-based chloride biomineral”. Their poisonous bite is painful for humans and kills whatever prey they find in the shallow marine waters where they live.


Commercial Beekeeping And The Rise Of Bee Thieves

Every year, bees all over the United States make a long, artificial migration to California by truck. Renting out bees to pollinate almond trees has become a big business with the explosive growth in California’s almond industry. Where there is money, of course, there are thieves.


A Praying Mantis Wearing Tiny 3D Glasses For 'Scientific Research'

You may have thrown your 3D glasses away a long while back, but not this little critter. After all, this praying mantis has had his glued to his face by scientists in the name of “research”.