Insects

Honeybees Fend Off Asian Giant Hornets With Poop

Honeybees Fend Off Asian Giant Hornets With Poop

Attacks by giant hornets, relatives of murder hornets, on honeybee hives are absolutely horrifying. Worker hornets identify bee hives and then bring in reinforcements of two to dozens of others, slaughtering bees at a rate of up to one per 14 seconds and sawing off their heads to gather protein-rich…

What to Do If You Think You See a Murder Hornet

What to Do If You Think You See a Murder Hornet

Last week — in what might somehow qualify as good news for 2020 — bug scientists in Washington State reported discovering and then destroying the first known Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S. These invasive predators pose a serious threat to bees, and researchers are desperate to stop their…

How This Uncrushable Beetle Can Survive Being Run Over by a Car

How This Uncrushable Beetle Can Survive Being Run Over by a Car

The diabolical ironclad beetle, in addition to having one of the coolest names in the animal kingdom, boasts one of the toughest natural exoskeletons. A team of scientists has finally figured out the secret behind this extra durable armour and how these insects can survive getting run over by a…