Insects Sitemap - Page 2 2016-09-25

Cucumber Beetle
Two kinds of cucumber beetles are poised to eat your seedlings. Worse yet, they transmit bacterial wilt. Page 6.

European Corn Borer
Though named for its impact on corn, the European corn borer will feed on a huge variety of crops, and has a particular preference for peppers. Page 10.

Flea Beetles
Flea beetles are tiny pests that take tiny bites, but collectively they can do some damage to garden plants. Page 9.

Squash Bug
Squash bugs suck sap from squash, pumpkins, melons, and other cucurbits in the home garden. Page 8.

Squash Vine Borer
Squash vine borers can wipe out the entire year's harvest of squash, pumpkins, or zucchini. Page 7.

Asparagus Beetles
Both the common and spotted asparagus beetles feed on asparagus plants, though the common variety does more damage. Page 11.

Tomato Hornworms and Tobacco Hornworms
A late instar tomato hornworm can chew a good-sized tomato plant to the ground overnight. Page 12.

How Do Insects Breathe?
Insects require oxygen to live, and produce carbon dioxide as a waste product, just as we do. Insects, don't have lungs, so how do insects breathe?

What Are Gallnippers?
Gallnippers inflict a painful bite, and can spoil your fun outdoors. Learn what gallnippers are, where they live, and what you can do to prevent bites.

6 Winter Butterflies
You can find these 6 butterfly species during the winter months, even if you live in the northern reaches of their ranges.

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6 Winter Butterflies
You can find these 6 butterfly species during the winter months, even if you live in the northern reaches of their ranges.

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Do Insects Sleep? How Bugs Rest
You'll never see a bug close its eyes for a quick nap. So how do they rest? Do insects sleep?

List of the 50 U.S. State Insects
Does your U.S. state have an official insect? Here's a list of state insects, and how they were chosen.

List of the 50 U.S. State Insects
Does your U.S. state have an official insect? Here's a list of state insects, and how they were chosen.

List of the 50 U.S. State Insects
Does your U.S. state have an official insect? Here's a list of state insects, and how they were chosen.

List of the 50 U.S. State Insects
Does your U.S. state have an official insect? Here's a list of state insects, and how they were chosen.

List of the 50 U.S. State Insects
Does your U.S. state have an official insect? Here's a list of state insects, and how they were chosen.

How to Find Native Milkweeds for Your Butterfly Garden
The best thing you can do to help conserve monarch butterflies is to plant native milkweeds. Ideally, you should plant locally sourced milkweeds. Not sure where to find milkweed? Here's a guide to how to find the right milkweed for your area.

Why Are Bugs Attracted to Lights?
Did you ever wonder why so many insects circle around your porch light?

Do Fire Ants Drown During Floods?
You would expect fire ants, which live in underground nests, to drown during sudden floods. Remarkably, they don't. Learn how these tenacious ants survive rising waters.

Definition of Accumulated Degree Days (ADD)
Definition of the term accumulated degree days, or ADD.

Elephant Hawk Moth
Sphinx moths are strong, rapid fliers with thick bodies and pointed abdomens. Their distinct body shape and large size make them easy to recognize and fun to photograph. Page 2.

Eyed Hawk Moth
Sphinx moths are strong, rapid fliers with thick bodies and pointed abdomens. Their distinct body shape and large size make them easy to recognize and fun to photograph.

Hummingbird Clearwing
Sphinx moths are strong, rapid fliers with thick bodies and pointed abdomens. Their distinct body shape and large size make them easy to recognize and fun to photograph. Page 6.

Lime Hawk Moth
Sphinx moths are strong, rapid fliers with thick bodies and pointed abdomens. Their distinct body shape and large size make them easy to recognize and fun to photograph. Page 3.

Pine Hawk Moth
Sphinx moths are strong, rapid fliers with thick bodies and pointed abdomens. Their distinct body shape and large size make them easy to recognize and fun to photograph. Page 7.

Tersa Sphinx
Sphinx moths are strong, rapid fliers with thick bodies and pointed abdomens. Their distinct body shape and large size make them easy to recognize and fun to photograph. Page 4.

Tobacco Hornworm
Sphinx moths are strong, rapid fliers with thick bodies and pointed abdomens. Their distinct body shape and large size make them easy to recognize and fun to photograph. Page 5.

White-Lined Sphinx
Sphinx moths are strong, rapid fliers with thick bodies and pointed abdomens. Their distinct body shape and large size make them easy to recognize and fun to photograph. Page 8.

Sphinx Moth Photos and Descriptions
Sphinx moths are strong, rapid fliers with thick bodies and pointed abdomens. Their distinct body shape and large size make them easy to recognize and fun to photograph.

12 Worst Vegetable Garden Pests
This group of garden pests are the stuff of nightmares for vegetable gardeners. This dirty dozen represents the 12 worst vegetable garden pests to combat. Along with pictures and descriptions, you'll find practical and effective ways to control these tiny terrors, without using chemical pesticides.

Brazilian Black Tarantula Picture and Care Information
Once you do decide you'd like to own a pet tarantula, you'll need to decide what kind to get. This photo gallery will introduce you to some of the more popular pet tarantula species, to help you decide which tarantula is right for you. Page 2.

Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula Picture and Care Information
Once you do decide you'd like to own a pet tarantula, you'll need to decide what kind to get. This photo gallery will introduce you to some of the more popular pet tarantula species, to help you decide which tarantula is right for you. Page 3.

Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula Picture and Care Information
Once you do decide you'd like to own a pet tarantula, you'll need to decide what kind to get. This photo gallery will introduce you to some of the more popular pet tarantula species, to help you decide which tarantula is right for you. Page 8.

Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula Picture and Care Information
Once you do decide you'd like to own a pet tarantula, you'll need to decide what kind to get. This photo gallery will introduce you to some of the more popular pet tarantula species, to help you decide which tarantula is right for you. Page 6.

Curlyhair Tarantula Picture and Care Information
Once you do decide you'd like to own a pet tarantula, you'll need to decide what kind to get. This photo gallery will introduce you to some of the more popular pet tarantula species, to help you decide which tarantula is right for you.

Desert Blond Tarantula Picture and Care Information
Once you do decide you'd like to own a pet tarantula, you'll need to decide what kind to get. This photo gallery will introduce you to some of the more popular pet tarantula species, to help you decide which tarantula is right for you. Page 7.

Mexican Redknee Tarantula Picture and Care Information
Once you do decide you'd like to own a pet tarantula, you'll need to decide what kind to get. This photo gallery will introduce you to some of the more popular pet tarantula species, to help you decide which tarantula is right for you. Page 4.

Mexican Redleg Tarantula Picture and Care Information
Once you do decide you'd like to own a pet tarantula, you'll need to decide what kind to get. This photo gallery will introduce you to some of the more popular pet tarantula species, to help you decide which tarantula is right for you. Page 5.

Pet Tarantula Pictures and Care Information
Once you do decide you'd like to own a pet tarantula, you'll need to decide what kind to get. This photo gallery will introduce you to some of the more popular pet tarantula species, to help you decide which tarantula is right for you.

How to Control Japanese Beetles
To effectively control Japanese beetles, you must control both the larval grubs and the adult beetles.

What Do Termites Look Like?
Worried you might have a termite infestation in your home? This photo gallery will help you learn what termites look like, and how to recognize termite damage. Page 11.

What Do Termites Look Like?
Worried you might have a termite infestation in your home? This photo gallery will help you learn what termites look like, and how to recognize termite damage. Page 7.

What Do Termites Look Like?
Worried you might have a termite infestation in your home? This photo gallery will help you learn what termites look like, and how to recognize termite damage. Page 2.

What Do Termites Look Like?
Worried you might have a termite infestation in your home? This photo gallery will help you learn what termites look like, and how to recognize termite damage. Page 5.

What Do Termites Look Like?
Worried you might have a termite infestation in your home? This photo gallery will help you learn what termites look like, and how to recognize termite damage. Page 8.

Termites - What Do Termites Look Like? - How to Identify Termites
Worried you might have a termite infestation in your home? This photo gallery will help you learn what termites look like, and how to recognize termite damage. Page 6.

What Do Termites Look Like?
Worried you might have a termite infestation in your home? This photo gallery will help you learn what termites look like, and how to recognize termite damage. Page 3.

What Do Termites Look Like?
Worried you might have a termite infestation in your home? This photo gallery will help you learn what termites look like, and how to recognize termite damage. Page 4.

What Do Termites Look Like?
Worried you might have a termite infestation in your home? This photo gallery will help you learn what termites look like, and how to recognize termite damage.

What Do Termites Look Like?
Worried you might have a termite infestation in your home? This photo gallery will help you learn what termites look like, and how to recognize termite damage. Page 10.

What Do Termites Look Like?
Worried you might have a termite infestation in your home? This photo gallery will help you learn what termites look like, and how to recognize termite damage. Page 9.

What Do Termites Look Like?
Worried you might have a termite infestation in your home? This photo gallery will help you learn what termites look like, and how to recognize termite damage.

How to Sex Pet Millipedes
If you plan to keep millipedes as pets, you should know how to tell the difference between males and females. This article will teach you how to sex pet millipedes.

Definition of Meristematic Tissue
Definition of the term meristematic tissue.

The Spider Life Cycle
Spiders go through three life cycle stages – egg, spiderling, and adult. Learn what happens in each spider life cycle stage.

To Control Fleas, Learn the Flea Life Cycle
If you're battling a flea infestation, you'll never win the war until you find all the fleas. Learn the flea life cycle, and where fleas like to live in each stage of their lives, so you can choose the right flea treatment.

How to Control Paper Wasps
Paper wasps will defend their nest aggressively. When their nests are located in close proximity to people, some control measures may be required. Learn the safest time and method to remove problem paper wasp nests.

Night Collecting Insects With a Black Light Sheet
Can't afford a commercial black light setup for collecting moths and other night flying insects? You can make your own, using a sheet, a rope, and a light.

Giant Jewel Beetles That Mate With Beer Bottles
In the arid, open areas of western Australia lives a giant jewel beetle with a strange habit. The male beetles are known to ignore females, choosing instead to mate with beer bottles.

Buck Moth Caterpillar
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you'll know it by the burning, itching, or just plain painful sensation that follows. These pictures will help you learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them. Page 11.

Crowned Slug Caterpillar
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you'll know it by the burning, itching, or just plain painful sensation that follows. These pictures will help you learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them. Page 2.

Hag Moth Caterpillar
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you'll know it by the burning, itching, or just plain painful sensation that follows. These pictures will help you learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them. Page 4.

Io Moth Caterpillar
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you'll know it by the burning, itching, or just plain painful sensation that follows. These pictures will help you learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them. Page 3.

Nason's Slug
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you'll know it by the burning, itching, or just plain painful sensation that follows. These pictures will help you learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them. Page 9.

Puss Caterpillar
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you'll know it by the burning, itching, or just plain painful sensation that follows. These pictures will help you learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them. Page 6.

Saddleback Caterpillar
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you'll know it by the burning, itching, or just plain painful sensation that follows. These pictures will help you learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them.

Smeared Dagger Moth Caterpillar
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you'll know it by the burning, itching, or just plain painful sensation that follows. These pictures will help you learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them. Page 10.

Spiny Elm Caterpillar
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you'll know it by the burning, itching, or just plain painful sensation that follows. These pictures will help you learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them. Page 5.

Spiny Oak Caterpillar
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you'll know it by the burning, itching, or just plain painful sensation that follows. These pictures will help you learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them. Page 12.

Stinging Rose Caterpillar
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you'll know it by the burning, itching, or just plain painful sensation that follows. These pictures will help you learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them. Page 8.

White Flannel Moth Caterpillar
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you'll know it by the burning, itching, or just plain painful sensation that follows. These pictures will help you learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them. Page 7.

White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you'll know it by the burning, itching, or just plain painful sensation that follows. These pictures will help you learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them. Page 13.

Do Caterpillars Bite or Sting?
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. Learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them.

Do Caterpillars Bite or Sting?
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. Learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them.

What Are Thigmotactic Insects?
Definition of the term thigmotaxis, with examples of thigmotactic insects.

Butterfly Habitat - 10 Tips for Attracting Butterflies to Your Backyard
Thinking of turning your yard into a butterfly habitat? Here are 10 tips to help you attract the most butterflies to your backyard.

10 Tips for Attracting Butterflies to Your Backyard
Thinking of turning your yard into a butterfly habitat? Here are 10 tips to help you attract the most butterflies to your backyard.

Butterfly Habitat - 10 Tips for Attracting Butterflies to Your Backyard
Thinking of turning your yard into a butterfly habitat? Here are 10 tips to help you attract the most butterflies to your backyard.

Butterfly Habitat - 10 Tips for Attracting Butterflies to Your Backyard
Thinking of turning your yard into a butterfly habitat? Here are 10 tips to help you attract the most butterflies to your backyard.

Butterfly Habitat - 10 Tips for Attracting Butterflies to Your Backyard
Thinking of turning your yard into a butterfly habitat? Here are 10 tips to help you attract the most butterflies to your backyard.

Butterfly Habitat - 10 Tips for Attracting Butterflies to Your Backyard
Thinking of turning your yard into a butterfly habitat? Here are 10 tips to help you attract the most butterflies to your backyard.

Butterfly Habitat - 10 Tips for Attracting Butterflies to Your Backyard
Thinking of turning your yard into a butterfly habitat? Here are 10 tips to help you attract the most butterflies to your backyard.

Butterfly Habitat - 10 Tips for Attracting Butterflies to Your Backyard
Thinking of turning your yard into a butterfly habitat? Here are 10 tips to help you attract the most butterflies to your backyard.

Butterfly Habitat - 10 Tips for Attracting Butterflies to Your Backyard
Thinking of turning your yard into a butterfly habitat? Here are 10 tips to help you attract the most butterflies to your backyard.

Butterfly Habitat - 10 Tips for Attracting Butterflies to Your Backyard
Thinking of turning your yard into a butterfly habitat? Here are 10 tips to help you attract the most butterflies to your backyard.

What Are Social Insects?
When we speak of social insects, we don't necessarily mean insects that live in groups. Learn what social insects are, and how they vary.

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15 Misconceptions Kids (And Adults) Have About Insects
Children (and some adults) often misunderstand some basic concepts about insects. Here are 15 common misconceptions kids have about insects.

Scale Insects and Mealybugs, Superfamily Coccoidea
Scale insects are tiny bugs that can do big damage to your landscape. Learn the habits and traits of scale insects and mealybugs (Superamily Coccoidea).

Water Quality Monitoring Using Aquatic Macroinvertebrates
Water quality monitoring involves sampling macroinvertebrates. Learn which aquatic insects are indicators of pollution.

Water Scorpions, Family Nepidae
Water scorpions are really nothing like their namesakes. They don't sting, and these aquatic predators are quite harmless.

Backswimmers, Family Notonectidae
Backswimmers (family Notonectidae) look like upside down rowboats, with tiny oars that propel them across freshwater ponds or pools.

Giant Water Bugs, Family Belostomatidae
Giant water bugs (family Belostomatidae) are the largest bugs in the order Hemiptera. They also have a reputation for nipping people's toes.

Which Is the Deadliest Insect on Earth?
Though the vast majority of insects do us no harm, and, in fact, make our lives better, a few insects exist that can kill us. Which is the deadliest insect on Earth?

10 Tips for Getting Rid of Fruit Flies
Are you waging a fruitless battle against fruit flies in your home? Try following these 10 tips for getting rid of fruit flies.

What Are These Tiny Red Bugs in My House?
Help! I have hundreds of tiny red bugs on my windowsills and curtains. What are they and how do I get rid of them?

10 Fascinating Facts About Mosquitoes
Think mosquitoes are nothing more than disease-carrying, bloodsucking pests? Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about mosquitoes.

10 Fascinating Facts About Ladybugs
Is there a more adorable arthropod than the ladybug? From kindergartners to gardeners, everybody loves them. Here are 10 cool facts about ladybugs.

10 Funny Bug Jokes and Riddles
Just for fun - 10 of my favorite bug riddles.

What Are Snow Fleas?
Snow fleas aren't fleas at all, but they can be found in snow. Learn what snow fleas are, where you can find them, and how they survive the winter.

10 Fascinating Facts About Grasshoppers
Learn 10 fascinating facts about grasshoppers.

Tiger Moths, Subfamily Arctiinae
Learn the habits and traits of the tiger moths, subfamily Arctiinae. The name comes from the Greek arctos, meaning bear, and refers to their fuzzy caterpillars like the woolly worm.

Places to See Live Butterfly Exhibits in the U.S.
Want to see hundreds of colorful butterflies up close? Visit your nearest butterfly house. These butterfly exhibits let you walk through an indoor garden designed just for butterflies and showy moths. If you're lucky, one might even land on you.

What Is Bee Propolis?
Bee propolis may have potential for curing diseases, including some forms of cancer. Learn what bee propolis is and how bees make it.

10 Threats to Monarch Migration
Although monarch butterflies are not endangered, scientists worry their record-breaking migration may be threatened by human activities. Learn 10 threats to monarch migration.

Bug or Insect?
Lately, a couple of Facebook fans of this site have criticized my liberal use of the word

Jerusalem Crickets, Family Stenopelmatidae
The first time you see a Jerusalem cricket, you may be startled by its large size and humanoid head. But don't be scared, it's perfectly harmless. Just don't stick your finger in its mouth! Learn more about Jerusalem crickets, family Stenopelmatidae.

Sugaring for Moths
Sugaring for moths is an effective way to collect moth specimens for a preservation or photography. Learn how to make and apply your own sugar bait to attract moths.

Click Beetles, Family Elateridae
Click beetles are named for audible clicking sound they make when they right themselves when stranded on their backs. Learn more about the click beetles, family Elateridae.

Dermestid Beetles, Family Dermestidae
Dermestid beetles have a nasty habit of eating museum specimens and preserved insect collections. But their ability to digest keratin also makes them valuable for cleaning bones and skulls for diplay. Learn the habits and traits of dermestid beetles.

Do Grits Kill Fire Ants?
This home remedy for killing fire ants gets passed around the internet quite a lot. However, does it actually work?

Habits and Traits of Brush-Footed Butterflies, Family Nymphalidae
Brush-footed butterflies (family Nymphalidae) include a variety of common butterflies, including monarchs, admirals, anglewings, and fritillaries.

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7 Insect Pollinators That Aren't Bees or Butterflies
Bees and butterflies do a lot of pollinating, but they aren't the only insects to do so. Learn about 7 other important insect pollinators.

7 Insect Pollinators That Aren’t Bees or Butterflies
Bees and butterflies do a lot of pollinating, but they aren't the only insects to do so. Learn about 7 other important insect pollinators.

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Habits and Traits of Rove Beetles, Family Staphylinidae
People often mistake rove beetles for earwigs. These tiny beetles make up the family Staphylinidae, which may be the largest of all beetle families. Learn the habits and traits of rove beetles.

Blister Beetles, Family Meloidae
Blister beetles are so named because of the skin-irritating chemical they secrete defensively. Learn to identify blister beetles, family Meloidae.

Habits and Traits of Japanese Beetles, Popillia japonica
Japanese beetles damage plants in both the larval and adult stages. Learn the natural history of this invasive pest, and how to recognize it.

Habits and Traits of Caddisflies, Order Trichoptera
Along with mayflies and stoneflies, caddisflies can be important bioindicators of water quality. Learn the habits and traits of caddisflies.

Habits and Traits of Stoneflies, Order Plecoptera
Stoneflies are so named because their nymphs live under stones in fast-flowing streams. Learn the habits and traits of stoneflies, order Plecoptera.

Stick and Leaf Insects, Order Phasmida
The order Phasmida includes some of the best camouflage artists in the insect world - the stick and leaf insects.

Can Dog-Day Cicadas Predict the First Frost?
According to folk wisdom, the first song of the dog-day cicadas means the first frost is just six weeks away. Is this true?

Dragonflies, Suborder Anisoptera
All dragonflies share certain traits, and differ from damselflies. Learn the common traits of all members of the suborder Anisoptera, the dragonflies.

What Are Kissing Bugs?
News headlines may make you fearful of kissing bugs, which can transmit Chagas disease. Here's what you need to know about kissing bugs.

Sawflies, Horntails, and Wood Wasps
The sawflies, horntails, and wood wasps have traditionally been grouped together in the suborder Symphyta, although this classification may change. The symphytes include 12 families, described here.

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Learn the 6 Butterfly Families
Identifying butterflies begins with learning the six butterfly families.

How to Keep Bed Bugs From Coming Home From College
Bed bugs are a problem on many college campuses. Try these tips to keep bed bugs from coming home with your college student.

Weevils and Snout Beetles, Superfamily Curculionoidea
Most weevils are easy to recognize, thanks to their comically long beaks. But did you know they're actually beetles?

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6 Ways to Help Fireflies
Firefly populations may be in decline, mainly due to human impacts. Here are 6 ways you can help fireflies.

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Most Abundant Types of Insect Fossils
How do scientists learn about ancient insects without fossilized bones to study? They examine the abundant evidence found in the different types of insect fossils.

What Is the Largest Insect That Ever Lived?
You may know that giant insects flew and crawled through prehistoric swamps and forests. But do you know which is the largest insect that ever lived?

10 Fascinating Facts About Cockroaches
A few pest cockroaches have given these insects a bad reputation. Read these 10 facts about cockroaches, and I think you'll agree that they're actually amazing creatures.

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Insects Commonly Mistaken for Mosquitoes
Are you sure it's a mosquito? Some insects look like mosquitoes, but don't bite. Learn to tell the difference between mosquitoes, midges, and crane flies.

Insects Commonly Mistaken for Mosquitoes
Are you sure it's a mosquito? Some insects look like mosquitoes, but don't bite. Learn to tell the difference between mosquitoes, midges, and crane flies.

Diapause - Definition of the Term Diapause
Learn what diapause is, how it helps insects survive adverse environmental conditions, and the factors that trigger diapause in insects.

What Do Dragonflies Eat?
Learn what adult dragonflies and dragonfly nymphs eat, and how they catch their prey. Their flying maneuvers are truly impressive.

5 Things You Can Do in Fall to Prevent Garden Pests Next Year
Fall is the time to take care of next year's garden pests! Do these 5 fall garden chores to keep pests from coming back next spring.

Long-horned Beetles, Family Cerambycidae
Long-horned beetles aren't actually horned, but they do have noticeably long antennae. Learn the habits and traits of members of the beetle family Cerambycidae.

Owlet Moths, Family Noctuidae
The owlet moths (Family Noctuidae) are the largest family in the entire order of butterflies and moths. A group this large is diverse, as you would expect, but all owlet moths do share certain common traits.

The Family Geometridae (Moths, Inchworms, and Loopers)
Learn the habits and traits of geometer moths, family Geometridae, a common group. Their caterpillars are known as loopers, inchworms, or spanworms.

Prominent Moths, Family Notodontidae
Prominent moths are stocky critters that will readily come to lights at night. Learn the habits and traits of prominent moths, family Notodontidae.

What Is This Bug? - How to Request a Bug Identification
Need help identifying a mystery insect? Here are some guidelines for submitting a bug ID request, and where you can go for help identifying a bug.

Camel and Cave Crickets, Family Rhaphidophoridae
Camel and cave crickets are not true crickets. These long-legged, humpbacked crickets belong to their own family, Rhaphidophoridae. Learn the habits and traits of camel and cave crickets.

What Are Braconid Wasps?
Those white things on the tomato hornworm aren't eggs, but they are deadly. Learn how braconid wasps kill their hornworm hosts.

10 Fascinating Facts About Black Widow Spiders
Black widow females eat their mates, and they have a deadly bite, right? Not so fast. Read these 10 fascinating facts about black widow spiders.

What Are Brine Shrimp?
If you've ever seen Sea Monkeys, you've seen brine shrimp. These tiny crustaceans can survive extreme environmental conditions. Learn more about brine shrimp.

What Are the Tiny, Black Bugs That Jump?
There are tiny, black bugs in my house and they jump when I get near them! What are they, and how do I get rid of them?

Jewel Beetles, Family Buprestidae
Jewel beetles get their name from their brilliant, iridescent colors. Learn the habits and traits of jewel beetles, family Buprestidae.

What a Bed Bug Mattress Cover Does, and How to Use It
If you've got a bed bug infestation, it pays to install a bed bug mattress cover on both your mattress and box spring. Learn what a bed bug cover does, and how to use it.

Are There Dust Mites in My Mattress and Pillow?
Are your mattress and pillow loaded with dust mites and their droppings? Learn what dust mites are, and whether you need to worry about them.

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Mites and Ticks, Order Acari
Mites and ticks are arachnids, related to spiders, but they're classified in a separate order - the Acari. Learn the habits and traits of mites and ticks.

What Are Fire Ants, and Where Do Fire Ants Live?
Fire ants will aggressively defend their nests by inflicting painful stings. Learn what fire ants are and where they live.

Volunteers collected most of the data that taught us about monarch migration.
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Some monarch butterflies don't migrate.
Monarch butterflies are best known for their long distance migration to Mexico, but only the North American monarchs migrate. Monarchs in other parts of the world are sedentary.

Monarch butterflies gain body fat while migrating.
Butterflies that fly thousands of miles must lose a lot of weight, right? Not migrating monarchs. Monarchs actually gain body fat on the way to Mexico. Learn why.

Migrating monarchs are experts at soaring, and can travel as far as 400 miles per day.
Monarchs are masters of flying far while conserving energy.

Monarchs navigate using both a solar and a magnetic compass.
How does a butterfly find its way to a remote forest in Mexico, thousands of miles away, when it has never been there before? Scientists believe they use both the sun and the Earth's magnetic field to navigate.

How to Tell the Difference Between an Ant and a Termite
People often confuse ants and termites. Both insects live in social colonies, and may take up residence in or near your home. Take a closer look - there are some distinct differences.

Metalmarks, Family Riodinidae
Metalmark butterflies (family Riodinidae) are mainly neotropical butterflies. Only about 20 metalmarks inhabit North America (Mexico excluded), and most live in the west.

Do Carpenter Bees Sting?
Carpenter bees can be quite aggressive, especially in the spring when they're nesting in wood structures like decks and porches. Should you be worried? Do carpenter bees sting?

How to Control Flies in Your Home and Yard
Flies are common pests in the home and yard, but they do pose a health risk. A single house fly can carry over one million bacteria on its body. Control of filth flies involves good sanitation practices supplemented with barriers and traps.

10 Fascinating Facts About Moths
You might think of moths as the boring, brown cousins of butterflies, but think again. These 10 fascinating facts about moths might just surprise you.

How Long Does a Queen Bee Live?
The social bees (honey bees, bumblebees, and stingless bees) depend on a queen bee to do all reproduction for the colony. But queen bees don't live forever. How long does a queen bee live, and what happens when she dies?

Cecropia Moth, Hyalophora cecropia
The cecropia moth is North America's largest native moth, with a wingspan of nearly 6 inches. Learn to identify this magnificent moth.

Make a Fruit Feeder to Attract Butterflies
Learn to attract more butterflies to your garden by making a fruit feeder.

Gossamer-Winged Butterflies, Family Lycaenidae
The gossamer-winged butterflies are small and (usually) shiny. The family Lycaenidae includes the butterflies known as blues, coppers, hairstreaks, and harvesters.

Habits and Traits of Carpenter Bees, Genus Xylocopa
Carpenter bees nest in bare, weathered wood, and often take up residence in porches and decks. While this can be a nuisance, carpenter bees are important pollinators and rarely pose a threat to people.

5 Myths About Dragonflies
In many cultures, dragonflies are associated with the devil. Why do people think dragonflies harbor such ill will? Here are 5 (debunked) myths about dragonflies.

15 Misconceptions Kids Have About Insects
Children (and some adults) often misunderstand some basic concepts about insects. Here are 15 common misconceptions kids have about insects.

Definition of the Term Pedipalps
Definition of the term pedipalps.

Habits and Traits of Cockroaches, the Order Blattodea
Learn the habits and traits of cockroaches, and what characteristics place an insect in the order Blattodea.

Comstock Needham Insect Wing Venation Diagram
When using a dichotomous or descriptive key to identify an insect, you may need to examine the pattern of the wing veins. This diagram explains the terminology used to describe insect wings, and illustrates the location of each wing vein.

Why Do Termites Follow Ink Trails?
File this one under stupid bug tricks. Did you know you can make termites go where you want just be drawing them a trail with ink?

Assassin Bugs, the Insect World's Most Cunning Killers
Assassin bugs may be the most cunning killers in the insect world. Some assassin bugs specialize in certain kinds of prey, and employ all kinds of trickery to capture a meal.

Giant Silkworm Moths and Royal Moths, Family Saturniidae
The family Saturniidae includes our biggest, showiest moths: luna moths, cecropia moths, polyphemus moths, imperial moths, io moths, promethea moths, and royal walnut moths. Learn more about these monster moths, their unique traits, and their special behaviors.

What Are Doodlebugs? - Antlions
Doodlebugs are the nickname for certain chubby, stubby-legged, backwards-walking insects. Learn what doodlebugs are, how to catch them, and why they dig holes in the sand.

What Became of Trouvelot and His Gypsy Moths?
Trouvelot abandoned his silkworm hobby, but found success in another science field. And whatever became of those exotic gypsy moths?

How Leopold Trouvelot Introduced the Gypsy Moth to America
Leopold Trouvelot, a Frenchman living in Massachusetts, enjoyed raising silkworms in his Medford backyard. But his experiment went horribly wrong one day when his imported gypsy moths escaped.

The Gypsy Moth Infestation of 1889
Leopold Trouvelot's gypsy moths escaped in the late 1860's. In 1889, his Medford neighbors complained their homes were covered in caterpillars.

What Are Spittlebugs?
Ever wonder who has been spitting on your garden plants? You probably have spittlebugs! Learn what spittlebugs are, and how they make that frothy spittle mass on your plants.

10 Fascinating Facts About Termites
Termites live in social colonies and are important decomposers and soil builders. How much do you know about termites? Learn more with these 10 cool facts about termites.

What Are Bagworms?
What are bagworms? These unusual insects construct camouflage cases from organic material, and can infest your landscape plants without being noticed.

10 Fascinating Facts About Millipedes
Millipedes are ancient creatures. Learn fascinating facts about how millipede bodies, behaviors, and history.

10 Fascinating Facts About Stink Bugs
Stink bugs may stink, but there's a lot more to these insects than a bad smell. They have some interesting traits and behaviors. Learn more about them with these 10 fascinating facts about stink bugs.

12 Perennials That Butterflies Love
Want to bring butterflies to your backyard? Butterflies need good sources of nectar, and these twelve perennials are butterfly favorites. Choose a few of these easy-to-grow plants, and start a backyard butterfly garden this year.

5 Worst Ways to Remove a Tick
If you find a tick on your skin, it's important to remove it as soon as possible to minimize your risk of contracting a tick-borne illness. Don't waste time trying these tick removal methods! These are the 5 worst ways to remove a tick.

Springtails, Order Collembola
Learn the habits and traits of springtails (Order Collembola), as well as the major families in this order.

Dragonfly Life Cycle - Introduction
Dragonflies and damselflies live near water because their young require it to live. Learn about the dragonfly life cycle.

Dragonfly Life Cycle - Egg Stage - Embyronic Stage
Most dragonflies deposit egg in aquatic vegetation, while some drop their eggs in the water. Learn about the egg stage of the dragonfly life cycle.

Dragonfly Life Cycle - Nymph Stage - Larval Stage
Dragonfly larvae, or nymphs, are aquatic insects. Learn about the larval stage of the dragonfly life cycle.

Dragonfly Life Cycle - Adult Stage
The dragonfly adult emerges and begins the life cycle again. Learn how the nymph becomes an adult dragonfly.

The 10 Most Important Native Pollen Bees
Though honeybees get all the credit, native pollen bees do the bulk of the pollination chores in many gardens, parks, and forests. Here are 10 native pollen bees every gardener should know.

Alkali Bees - 10 Most Important Native Pollen Bees
Alkali bees live in moist, alkaline soils and are used commercially to pollinate alfalfa crops.

Bumblebees - 10 Most Important Native Pollen Bees
Bumblebees are generalist pollinators that forage on all kinds of plants.

Carpenter Bees - 10 Most Important Native Pollen Bees
Carpenter bees are often thought of as pests, but these busy bees do plenty of pollinating.

Sweat Bees - 10 Most Important Native Pollen Bees
Sweat bees are attracted to salt on sweaty skin, but these small pollinators aren't aggressive.

Mason Bees - 10 Most Important Native Pollen Bees
Mason bees construct nests from mud and pebbles, and will readily use artificial nests in your garden.

Polyester Bees - 10 Most Important Native Pollen Bees
Polyester or plasterer bees produce a natural polymer, which they use to protect their eggs.

Dwarf Carpenter Bees - 10 Most Important Native Pollen Bees
Dwarf carpenter bees are rather tiny, but no less important as pollinators.

Leafcutter Bees - 10 Most Important Native Pollen Bees
You've likely heard of leafcutter ants, but did you know there are bees that trim pieces of leaves, too? Leafcutter bees love legumes.

Digger Bees - 10 Most Important Native Pollen Bees
Digger bees, also known as mining bees, are plentiful and proficient at pollinating.

Squash Bees - 10 Most Important Native Pollen Bees
If you grow squash, pumpkins, or gourds, you need squash bees in your garden.

Sexual Suicide by Honey Bees
Honey bee mating involves one of the most dramatic examples of sexual suicide in the insect world.

Blue Orchard Bees, Osmia lignaria – Mason Bees
Mason bees, also called blue orchard bees, are native pollinators that love fruit trees. Learn the habits and traits of these solitary bees.

Setaceous - Definition of the Term Setaceous - Setaceous Antennae
Definition of the term setaceous.

Pectinate - Definition of the Term Pectinate - Pectinate Antennae
Definition of the term pectinate.

Lamellate - Definition of the Term Lamellate - Lamellate Antennae
Definition of the term lamellate.

Plumose - Definition of the Term Plumose - Plumose Antennae
Definition of the term plumose. Insects.

Filiform - Definition of the Term Filiform - Filiform Antennae
Definition of the term filiform.

8 Ways Spiders Use Silk
All spiders produce silk, but not all spiders make webs. There are lots of ways spider use silk - to travel, to hunt, and even to raise their young. Learn 8 ways spiders use silk.

Snakeflies, Suborder Raphidioptera
If you've never heard of a snakefly and you happen to find one, you're going to be a little freaked out. These strange creatures have long necks, which they can lift above their bodies so they look like a tiny, angry snake. They're perfectly harmless, however, so take a moment to learn the habits and traits of snakeflies, Order Raphidioptera.

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Neonicotinoid Pesticides Produce Toxic Slugs That Kill Beneficial Insects
Researchers at Penn State University studied the impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides on the soil food chain. Their study shows that neonicotinoids may actually increase some pest populations and lower crop yields.

Mosquito Problem? Don't Bother With Birds and Bats
Whenever the subject of mosquito control comes up, someone gives a fervent argument for installing purple martin houses and bat houses. Stores that cater to

Why Do Chirping Crickets Become Quiet When You Move?
At night, crickets chirp loudly. If you move toward them, however, they will instantly stop chirping and stay silent. Why do chirping crickets stop chirping when you move?

Habits and Traits of Centipedes, Class Chilopoda
Centipedes are arthropods, like insects and spiders, but that's where the similarities end. Contrary to popular belief, centipedes do not have 100 legs.

Why Were Prehistoric Insects So Big?
Giant insects lived in prehistoric times, but today's insects are considerably smaller. Why didn't giant insects survive to the modern age?

15 Ways to Bug Proof Your Home
Do you hate finding bugs in your house? You can't keep every insect or spider outdoors, but you can make it difficult for bugs to find their way into your home. Here are 15 ways to bug proof your home.

Why Do Insects Come in My House in the Fall?
Why do insects come in my house in the fall? And what can I do to keep them out?

Daddy Longlegs, Order Opiliones
Opilionids go by many names: daddy longlegs, harvestmen, shepherd spiders, and harvest spiders. These eight-legged arachnids are commonly misidentified as spiders, but they actually belong to their own, separate group – the order Opiliones.

How Do Insects Detect and Identify Odors?
Insects rely largely on their sense of smell to find mates, locate food, and avoid predators. You may know that most insects use their antennae to smell, but how does the insect decipher what it's smelling?

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs
Got stink bugs? Brown marmorated stink bugs from Asia were accidentally introduced in North America. These exotic, invasive insects can be a real problem for homeowners, as the stink bugs like to spend the winter in people's homes. Learn how to get rid of stink bugs.

Habits and Traits of Box Elder Bugs
Though such bug invasions can be unsettling for homeowners, box elder bugs won't bite, don't reproduce indoors, and can't damage your home or belongings.

What Do Monarch Butterflies Eat?
Monarch butterflies in North America make their way to Mexico each winter, a migration of some 2,000 miles. What do monarch butterflies eat?

Habits and Traits of Sphinx Moths, Family Sphingidae
Members of the family Sphingidae, the sphinx moths, attract attention with their large size and ability to hover. Gardeners and farmers will recognize their larvae as the pesky hornworms that can wipe out a crop in a matter of days.

Praying Mantis Sex and Cannibalism
The female praying mantis is often painted as an evil seductress, a cannibalistic lover who lures males closer only to eat them after mating. Is her reputation deserved? Does praying mantis sex always end in cannibalism of the male?

How to Get Rid of Chiggers Habitats on Your Property
Prime chigger habitat includes overgrown lawns, ground covers, leaf litter, weedy areas, and densely planted shrubs or trees.

What Are Chiggers?
I once endured chigger bites so itchy I would have given state secrets to the enemy to make the itching stop. So what are chiggers, and where do they hang out?

How Do Insects Mate? – Insect Sex
Insect sex is, for the most part, similar to other animal sex. For most insects, mating requires direct contact between a male and a female. But for those of you who really want to know more about insect sex, here's a bit more information about how insects mate.

Does Nail Polish Kill Chiggers?
I've heard that if you get chigger bites, you should put clear nail polish on them to kill the chiggers. Is that you?

How to Sample Your Yard for Chiggers
This quick and easy sampling method will help you determine if you have chiggers in your yard. Chiggers are parasites that feed on human tissues. Their bites cause extremely itchy skin reactions.

Bug Bombs for Pest Control - Safety and Use
Before you use a bug bomb product to eliminate a pest problem in your home, read these important directions and safety precautions. Each year people misuse bug bombs, resulting in damage to property and serious health impacts for family members. Don't become a statistic.

Would Cockroaches Survive a Nuclear Bomb?
Can cockroaches really survive a nuclear blast? You might be surprised.

Should I Purchase Ladybugs to Release in My Garden?
Organic gardening catalogs sell ladybugs that you can release in your garden to control aphids and other pests. Do ladybug releases work, and how do you release them?

What Are Galls?
Are you finding lumps, masses, or spheres on your trees or other plants? They might be galls. Learn what galls are, and which arthropods produce them.

What Do Tarantulas Eat?
Tarantulas are carnivores. Here's more information on what they eat, and how they catch their prey.

How Do Jumping Spiders Jump?
Tiny jumping spiders impress us with their remarkable jumping skills. Surprisingly, they don't rely on muscles to launch themselves in the air. How do jumping spiders jump?

How to Know If You've Got Fire Ants
Wondering if you've got a fire ant problem? Learn how to identify fire ants before you reach for a pesticide unnecessarily.

What Do Killer Bees Look Like?
Though very difficult to distinguish by those who are not experts, this article gives information on the

How Honey Bees Keep Warm in Winter
Honey bees remain active during the cold, winter months. It requires a team effort to survive freezing temperatures. Learn how honey bees keep warm in the winter.

What Are Sawflies and How Can I Tell if I've Seen One?
If you've seen a sawfly, you might not know it. Adult sawflies look like flies, but aren't. Immature sawflies resemble caterpillars, but aren't. So what are sawflies?

Learn About All Kinds of Ants - Introduction
Ants may be the most successful insects on Earth. They've evolved into sophisticated social insects that fill all kinds of unique niches. From thief ants that rob from other colonies to weaver ants that sew homes in the treetops, ants are a diverse insect group. This article will introduce you to all kinds of ants.

Learn About All Kinds of Ants - Introduction
Ants may be the most successful insects on Earth. They've evolved into sophisticated social insects that fill all kinds of unique niches. From thief ants that rob from other colonies to weaver ants that sew homes in the treetops, ants are a diverse insect group. This article will introduce you to all kinds of ants.

12 Things You Can Do to Help Native Bees
Whether we know it or not, we've declared war on our native bees. Habitat destruction, overdevelopment, and shrinking plant diversity all impact native bee populations. Here are 12 things you can do to help native bees thrive.

Insect Larval Forms – Types of Insect Larvae
If you need to identify an insect larva, you will first need to recognize its larval form. There are 5 types of insect larvae, differentiated by body form.

20 Insect Horror Movies You Can Stream on Netflix
Like campy, insect-themed science fiction films? Here's a list of 20 insect horror movies you can watch on Netflix streaming.

20 Insect Horror Movies You Can Stream on Netflix
Like campy, insect-themed science fiction films? Here's a list of 20 insect horror movies you can watch on Netflix streaming.

10 Myths About Bed Bugs
There's a lot of misinformation about bed bugs out there. Make sure you know the facts about these blood-sucking pests.

How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home
Got fleas? If you find a flea on your dog or cat, don't despair. Flea control isn't impossible, it just takes the right flea treatment product and some persistent and thorough housekeeping. Here are my tips for getting rid of fleas.

Do We Really Have Bugs Living in Our Eyebrows?
Has anyone ever told you there are bugs living in your eyebrows and eyelashes? Did you believe it? Here's the truth about face mites.

How to Make and Use Homemade Ant Baits
Are you battling ants in your kitchen? Learn how to make and use homemade ant baits that will get rid of those ants quickly.

5 Lies About the Brown Recluse Spider
More lies are told about the brown recluse spider, Loxosceles reclusa, than any other arthropod in North America. Public hysteria about this shy spider has been fueled by media hype and medical misdiagnosis. It's time to set the record straight.

One More Reason Why You Shouldn't Kill Bugs
As a bug lover, I'm always trying to convince other people to stop killing every six-legged critter that comes within ten feet. It's not just about my personal

Hobo Spider, Tegenaria agrestis
Hobo spiders are believed by many to be dangerous, but scientific evidence doesn't support this fear. Learn the habits and traits of hobo spiders, and why you can't identify a hobo spider without expert help.

Periodical Cicadas (13- and 17-Year Cycles)
Each population of cicadas that emerges in the same year is called a brood. These brood maps identify the approximate locations where each of the 15 periodical cicada broods emerge. The maps combine the data of C. L. Marlatt (1923), C. Simon (1988), and unpublished data. Broods I-XIV represent 17-year cicadas; the remaining broods emerge in 13-year cycles.

Periodical Cicadas (13- and 17-Year Cycles)
Each population of cicadas that emerges in the same year is called a brood. These brood maps identify the approximate locations where each of the 15 periodical cicada broods emerge. The maps combine the data of C. L. Marlatt (1923), C. Simon (1988), and unpublished data. Broods I-XIV represent 17-year cicadas; the remaining broods emerge in 13-year cycles.

The Care and Feeding of Caterpillars
Caterpillars may be the perfect pets for kids. By the time your child has lost interest in caring for it, a caterpillar will pupate and no longer need

Which Insect Has the Most Toxic Venom?
Among the venomous insects, some possess only mildly toxic venom, while others pack a serious punch capable of taking down a threat as large as a person. Which insect has the most toxic venom of all?

Camel Spider Arachnid Species Overview
Camel spiders inhabit deserts and other arid environments, including areas of the Middle East where U.S. soldiers are stationed. What are camel spiders, exactly, and can they do harm to people?

Habits and Traits of Millipedes, Class Diplopoda
Millipedes also go by the name thousand leggers, but neither name is accurate. These slow-moving decomposers belong to their own arthropod class, the Diplopoda.

Barklice and Booklice, Order Psocoptera
Barklice and booklice belong to the order Psocoptera, but these insects are not lice. Learn the traits of barklice and booklice.

Entomology Glossary
Entomology is a field full of uncommon but important terms. These resources will help you define insect-related terms.

Tarantulas, Family Theraphosidae
Tarantulas belong to the family Theraphosidae. Learn what habits and traits the nearly 900 members of this family share.

Tarantula Hawks, Genus Pepsis
Giant wasps that patrol the desert, searching for tarantulas to sting and eat! It's the stuff of science fiction movies, but this time, it's real. Learn the habits and traits of these spider-hunting wasps known as tarantula hawks.

True or False: It's Illegal to Kill a Praying Mantis
Praying mantis eating aphids. Photo Debbie Hadley, WILD Jersey Common knowledge, right? It's illegal to kill a praying mantis. Turns out that's an urban

Why Spiders Decorate Their Webs – Spider Web Decorations
Some spiders make elaborate decorations in their webs - circles, zigzags, crosses, or spirals. What purpose do these web decorations, called stabilimenta, serve?

Praying Mantis Egg Case
Learn about praying mantid egg cases, called oothecae, and how to watch young mantids emerge from an ootheca.

Why Does This Monarch Butterfly Have Crumpled Wings?
A monarch butterfly with deformed wings is probably infected with a parasite. Learn what to do if you find a monarch butterfly with crumpled wings, and how to confirm the cause.

Skimmers, Family Libellulidae
Skimmers (Family Libellulidae) are the largest and most diverse dragonfly family. Learn the habits and traits of these colorful dragonflies.

Biggest Living Insect – What Is the Biggest Living Insect
Which insect holds the record for being the biggest living insect? That all depends on how you define

Why Do Bugs Die On Their Backs?
Why do dying insects always seem to wiggle their legs in the air and expire on their backs?

The Parts of a Butterfly - A Diagram
Whether large or small, butterflies share certain morphological features. This diagram highlights the basic common anatomy of an adult butterfly or moth.

How Cockroaches Detect the Flow of Air to Escape Predators
Try to stomp on a cockroach, and it will almost always escape being squashed. Cockroaches use special appendages to detect any movement in the air around them, and flee from the wind. But what happens if you use a vacuum to reverse the flow of air? Will it fool the cockroach?

Definition of the Term Nymph
Definition of the term nymph. Insects.

Different Types of Insect Pupal Forms
Entomologists describe insect pupae using unusual terms: obtect, exarate, coarctate, decticous, and adecticous. Learn about these 5 types of insect pupae, and which terms apply to which insect orders.

Courtship Rituals in Insect Mating
Female insects have a lot of possible choices when it comes to mates. To stand out among the competition, males will use all kinds of courtship rituals, from gift giving to aphrodisiacs.

Why Do Insects Migrate?
Like birds, mammals, and other larger animals, some insects migrate. Insect migration is more than just movement from one place to another. Learn what migration is, and why and when insects relocate.

How to Identify Insects That Look Alike
How do you tell the difference between two bugs that look similar? This guide will help you differentiate between insects and other arthropods that are commonly mistaken for one another.

Stag Beetles, Family Lucanidae
In some parts of the world, people rear stag beetles and stage battles between then. Learn about these large insects, the stag beetles (family Lucanidae).

Mayflies, Order Ephemeroptera
Mayflies live briefly as adults, sometimes only hours. In their immature, aquatic stage, they serve as important bioindicators of good water quality. Learn the habits and traits of mayflies, order Ephemeroptera.

Carrion Beetles - Family Silphidae
Carrion beetles may seem gross, but trust me, we all owe a debt of gratitude to these industrious beetles for getting rid of all the dead stuff around us. Carrion beetles feed on, and sometimes bury, decomposing bodies.

Beetles That Eat Bodies - Carrion Feeding Beetles
For all the CSI fans out there, here's an introduction to beetles that eat bodies. Forensic entomologists study these beetles to provide clues about what happened to a corpse.

What to Feed Your Pet Millipede
Pet millipedes must be fed daily. You can choose from a variety of fruits and vegetables when your feed your pet millipede.

Habits and Traits of Bess Beetles, Family Passalidae
What could be cooler than bess beetles? Both males and females care for their young. They live together as families. And they make 14 different sounds to communicate with one another.

Insects That Defend Themselves by Playing Dead
Insects use many defensive strategies to protect themselves from predators, from chemical sprays to bites or stings. Some insects take a more passive approach to self-defense, though, by simply playing dead.

How to Attract Beneficial Bugs to a Garden
These easy recipes will help you attract beneficial insects. Just choose a recipe, mix as directed, and apply it in your garden, and you'll invite ladybugs, lacewings, and other good bugs to your garden. Then they'll stay and feed on your pests.

Using a Black Light to Collect Insects at Night
Entomologists use black lights to attract and collect night-flying insects, like moths. Learn the two methods for using black light to collect insects.

Prepare for a Visit to a Butterfly House
Thinking of visiting a butterfly house? This article will help you understand the butterfly behaviors you observe. Also, I'll give you tips for getting a butterfly to land on you, and for how to take better photographs at the butterfly exhibit.

Difference Between Sawfly Larva and Caterpillar
Are you sure you're looking at a caterpillar? Sawfly larvae look very similar to caterpillars. There's one easy way to tell them apart - count their legs.

Why Do Butterflies Gather Around Puddles?
Butterflies can't get all their nutrients from nectar. They need to drink from mud puddles, too. Here's why.

Definition of the Term LD50
Definition of the term LD50. Insects.

How Insects Fly
Insect flight remained something of a mystery to scientists until recently. Advances in camera technology have allowed scientists to film insects flying, and analyze their movements. Here's what we know about how insects fly.

Color Diagrams of Insect Organs and Internal Structures
Though tiny, an insect's body contains organs and structures that control its vital functions. In this article, learn the names and functions of each part.

Diagram of the Insect Nervous System
The insect nervous system consists primarily of the brain and a nerve cord that runs ventrally through the thorax and abdomen.

Diagram of the Insect Circulatory System
Insects have a single vessel that functions as the heart and aorta, pumping hemolymph through the body. The insect circulatory system is an open system, where blood flows freely inside the body cavity without the aid of veins or arteries.

Diagram of the Insect Respiratory System
Like us, insects need oxygen to live and must expel carbon dioxide. A simple but effective respiratory system carries oxygen directly to each cell.

Diagram of the Insect Reproductive System
Male and female insects have reproductive organs that produce sperm and eggs, respectively. This diagram shows the female reproductive system.

Identify an Insect: What Do the Antennae Look Like?
Insect antennae come in a variety of forms, and are an important characteristic to examine when trying to identify an insect.

Identify an Insect: What Do the Mouthparts Look Like?
The insect world is diverse, and that diversity is well represented by the different types of mouthparts insects may have.

Identify an Insect: What Does the Abdomen Look Like?
The abdomen is the third region of the insect body. Like all arthropods, insects have segmented bodies. The number of abdominal segments can vary between insect orders. The abdomen may also have appendages that are clues to the identity of the mystery insect.

How Can Ants Lift Objects 50 Times Their Body Weight?
Just what makes that little old ant think he can move that rubber tree plant? Everyone knows an ant can't move a rubber tree plant. Or can it?

Asian Longhorned Beetle or Whitespotted Sawyer?
Learn to differentiate the exotic Asian longhorn beetle from the native whitespotted sawyer beetle.

Braconid Wasps, Family Braconidae
Braconid wasps (family Braconidae) are parasitoids of other insects. Learn the habits and traits of these tiny wasps, and how they help control pest populations.

House Centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata


Insects That Make Galls – Gallmaking Insects
Most galls on plants are the result of insect or mite activity. Quite a few insects, from wasps to midges, are gallmakers. This article outlines the most common gallmaking insects, and the kinds of galls they produce.