Insects Sitemap - Page 2 2014-10-22

Why Do We Need Wasps?
They build nests in our lawns and on our houses, they sneak into our soda cans, and worst of all they sting! Exactly what good are wasps? Do we really need them?

Dragonflies and Damselflies, Order Odonata
The order Odonata includes dragonflies and damselflies, dedicated predators of other insects. Odonates begin life in ponds, streams, and other freshwater sources.

Common Green Darner, Anax junius
Learn the habits and traits of the common green darner, one of North America's largest and most common dragonflies.

Darners, Family Aeshnidae
Darners (family Aeshnidae) are large dragonflies and strong fliers. Learn the habits and traits of these odonates, and how to identify them.

Dragonflies, Suborder Anisoptera
Within their order, Odonata, dragonflies are classified in their own suborder, the Anisoptera. All dragonflies in the suborder Anisoptera share certain traits, and differ from damselflies (which have their own suborder, Zygoptera).

Do Insects Sleep? - How Insects Sleep
It's hard to tell if insects sleep the way we do. They don't have eyelids, for one thing, so you'll never see a bug close its eyes for a quick nap. So what's the answer - do insects sleep?

Learn About Wolf Spiders - Family Lycosidae
One of the largest spider families, wolf spiders use keen eyesight, quick reflexes, and camouflage to survive as ground dwellers.

Paper Wasps – 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.

10 Tips to Avoid Tick Bites
Finding an engorged tick on your body is never fun. Ticks do carry diseases, and your first line of defense is avoiding their bites. Follow these 10 tips to avoid ticks, and more importantly, tick bites, when you head outdoors.

10 Fascinating Facts About Spiders
From jumping spiders to tarantulas, spiders all share certain traits. These 10 facts about spiders will teach you what all spiders have in common.

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.

Is a Daddy Longlegs a Spider, or Not?
People often mistake the daddy longlegs, also called the harvestman, for a spider. Though they are both arachnids, the daddy longlegs is quite different from a spider in several ways.

How to Identify and Control Ground Bees
Ground bees may be a nuisance in the lawn or garden, but they're also an important beneficial insect. Learn to identify ground bees, and how to control ground bee nests.

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?

Use Homemade Bait to Get Rid of Sugar Ants
Every now and then, I get an S.O.S. from a reader with a kitchen full of sugar ants. Sugar ants look for sweet foods to gather and bring back to their brood.

If You Touch a Butterfly's Wings, Can It Still Fly?
Many people believe that if you touch a butterfly's wings, it will no longer be able to fly, and will die. Is this true or not?

Bug of the Week - May 7, 2014
Bug of the Week - May 7, 2014

Bug of the Week - April 30, 2014
Bug of the Week - April 30, 2014

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?

The Truth About Bug Zappers
Bug zappers are one of the most popular bug control devices ever. Walk around any suburban neighborhood in the evening, and you'll hear the pop and sizzle of

Can Woolly Worms Really Predict the Winter Weather?
Folk wisdom holds that woolly worms (aka woolly bears), the caterpillars of the Isabella tiger moth, can predict the winter weather. How do woolly bears tell whether winter will be mild or harsh, and are they accurate?

Is It Illegal to Kill a Praying Mantis?
At some point in your life, you've probably been told it's illegal to kill a praying mantis. Is this true or false? Are mantids really protected by law?

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

Friday Fact - Blue Milkweed Beetles
Friday Fact - Blue Milkweed Beetles

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?

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.

Habits and Traits of Assassin Bugs, Family Revudiidae
What's cooler than an assassin bug? As their name suggests, these insects are skilled hunters and natural born killers. Which is good, if you have a garden full of pests. It's worth getting to know these beneficial bugs.

The Different Ways Aphids Reproduce
If conditions were right, a single aphid could turn into 600 billion of the sap sucking pests in just one growing season. Good thing conditions are never quite right.

Chigger Bug Bites – 10 Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites
Ever had chigger bites? If you have, you'll never forget them. Chigger bites are probably the itchiest bug bites you'll ever experience. These 10 tips will help you avoid chigger bites.

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.

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.

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?

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 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.

Cure Your Arachnophobia
Photo: © Getty Images/Justin Sullivan. Afraid of spiders? Of course you are - you've been brainwashed to fear them. That's (kind of) what researchers from the

What Are Killer Bees? - Africanized Bees
Killer bees, as they've been dubbed by the news media, arrived in the U.S. in 1990. What exactly are killer bees, and how dangerous are they?

How Do Grasshoppers Make Sound?
Grasshoppers and crickets belong to the same order, but they produce their sounds differently. Crickets rub their wings together. How do grasshoppers produce sound?

Friday Fact - American Pelecinid Wasps
Friday Fact - American Pelecinid Wasps

Japanese Beetles - How to Control Japanese Beetles
To effectively control Japanese beetles, you must control both the larval grubs and the adult beetles. This article explains the life cycle of Japanese beetles, and provides practical advice on controlling both the beetles and the grubs.

Tulip tree - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
Tulip poplars are actually magnolias, not poplars. Their large blossoms are highly attractive to honey bees and other pollinators.

10 Best North American Trees for Bees
Learn which trees are the most attractive to pollinating bees in North America.

Serviceberry - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
Serviceberry blooms early, and provides nectar and pollen for bees.

Locust - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
Locust trees get a bad reputation, thanks to the invasive black locust, but they are valuable to foraging bees.

Crabapple - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
Crabapples attract pollinators like orchard mason bees.

Redbud - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
The bright pink flowers of the redbud tree attract bees in spring.

Cherry - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
Cherry trees are highly valued by pollinators.

Sourwood - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
The sourwood tree attracts honey bees, which produce a prized honey from its nectar.

Southern Magnolia - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
Magnolias produce showy, fragrant flowers that attract bees in the spring.

American Basswood - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
American basswood, or linden, provides a good source of nectar for bees.

Tupelo - 10 Best North American Trees for Bees
Honey bees gather nectar from tupelo trees, and their tupelo honey goes for a high price.

Bugscope Lets Kids Use Sophisticated Technology to Study Bugs
Have you ever looked at an insect with a hand lens, and marveled at its spiny-looking feet? Or investigated a butterfly wing under the microscope, so you can

Bumblebees, Genus Bombus
Bumblebees are familiar insects, but there's probably a lot you don't know. Learn about habitat, diet, life cycle, range, and more here.

Do Insects Feel Pain? – How Do We Know If Insects Feel Pain?
Scientists, animal rights activists, and biological ethicists have long debated this common question: do insects feel pain? It's not an easy question to answer. We can't know for certain what insects feel, so how do we know if insects feel pain?

Bug of the Week - April 16, 2014
Bug of the Week - April 16, 2014

How to Use Crickets to Calculate Temperature
You can determine the approximate temperature be counting the number of times a cricket chirps in one minute. Just use these equations to calculate the temperature.

Friday Fact - Fly Halteres
Friday Fact - Fly Halteres

Bug Zappers Don't Kill Mosquitoes
Bug Zappers Don't Kill Mosquitoes

Bug of the Week - March 26, 2014
Bug of the Week - March 26, 2014

Bug of the Week - March 19, 2014
Bug of the Week - March 19, 2014

Characteristics of True Flies - Order Diptera
Insects of the order Diptera, the true flies, are a large and diverse group that includes midges, no-see-ums, gnats, mosquitoes, and all manner of flies.

Keep Caterpillars, Cocoons, and Chrysalides in Winter
In the fall, you can find caterpillars you might want to raise through adulthood. But what do you need to do to keep a caterpillar through winter months?

Characteristics of Spiders - Order Araneae
Most people can recognize a spider, but do you know what characteristics make a spider a spider? Learn more about their habitats, families, and more.

Characteristics of True Bugs - Order Hemiptera
When is a bug really a bug? Hemiptera comes from the Greek words

Which Insect Makes the Biggest Swarm?
Honey bees, ants, termites, and even gnats swarm. But none of these swarming insects comes close to holding the world record for the biggest swarm.

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

Learn About Ladybugs - Family Coccinellidae
Ladybugs, or ladybirds, are neither bugs nor birds - they're beetles. Gardeners love them because they're predators of aphids and other plant pests.

Learn About Jumping Spiders - Family Salticidae
Jumping spiders comprise the largest family in the order, the family Salticidae. They use their vision and springing ability to hunt and capture prey.

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

Life Cycle of Fireflies / Lightning Bugs
Learn about the life cycle of fireflies, also known as lightning bugs. There are about 2,000 species of fireflies - over 150 species in the U.S. and Canada.

Why Do Ladybugs Have Spots? - Question and Answer
Why does the ladybug have spots, and what do they tell us? Learn more about spots and coloration and why they might be necessary to the ladybug's survival.

How to Attract Beneficial Insects to Control Garden Pests
Put beneficial insects to work for you and keep your pests under control the natural way. All you have to do is attract the right insects to your garden.

What Are Antennae? - Definition and Examples
Antennae serve different sensory functions for different insects. Find the definition of the term antennae here and follow the links for more information.

Schmidt Pain Index of Insect Stings
How much do insect stings hurt? Justin Schmidt, a researcher from the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, can tell you from personal experience.

How to Handle a Caterpillar Properly and Safely
Learn how to pick up a caterpillar without harming it, and which caterpillars you should avoid touching. Complete with photos. Page 1.

How to Provide the Right Housing for Your Caterpillar
Learn how to make a caterpillar habitat, and what your caterpillar will need in its new home, complete with photos. Page 2.

Provide the Right Food for Your Caterpillar
These tips will help you provide the proper food for your caterpillar, even if you aren't sure what kind of caterpillar it is. Page 3.

How to Keep Your Caterpillar's Home Clean
Learn how to keep your caterpillar's home clean and healthy. Page 4.

What to Do After the Caterpillar Pupates
Once the caterpillar pupates, you'll need to do a few things to keep the pupa viable until it emerges. Learn how to care for a butterfly or moth pupa. Page 5.

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?

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

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.

Everything You Need to Know About Insect Poop (Frass)
Insect poop, or frass, is pretty important stuff. It keeps ecosystems in balance, feeds insect young - even helps some bugs defend themselves.

Bug of the Week - April 9, 2014
Bug of the Week - April 9, 2014

Habits and Traits of the Painted Lady Butterfly
The Painted Lady inhabits backyards and meadows throughout most of the world, and is the most widespread butterfly species.

Learn About Orb Weaver Spiders, Family Araneidae
To most people, spiders are creatures that spin large, round webs around our homes and gardens. These webs are the work of the orb weaver spiders.

How Dragonflies Mate: A Rough and Tumble Affair
Have you ever seen two dragonflies entangled together, each one seeming to grab the other's tail? Find out just what was going on between those dragonflies.

How do Honey Bees Make and Harvest Beeswax?
Beeswax is one of the most versatile products made by an insect. It's used in everything from varnishes to medicines. Learn how honey bees make beeswax.

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.

Friday Fact - Owlfly Young
Friday Fact - Owlfly Young

Insect Pests - Tips for Identifying and Controlling Problem Insects
If you're dealing with a garden pest, an infestation in your home, or just trying to avoid getting stung or bitten by insects, these articles will help you learn to identify and control insect pests.

Bug of the Week - April 2, 2014
Bug of the Week - April 2, 2014

List of the 50 U.S. State Insects
Which of the 50 states have designated official state insects to represent them? Many states established state insects at the request of children, who learned to lobby their representatives and get a law passed while honoring their favorite insect. Learn the state insects and how they were chosen.

List of the 50 U.S. State Insects
Which of the 50 states have designated official state insects to represent them? Many states established state insects at the request of children, who learned to lobby their representatives and get a law passed while honoring their favorite insect. Learn the state insects and how they were chosen.

6 Butterflies You Can Find in the Winter
Are you weary of winter? Get outside and look for butterflies! Believe it or not, you can find these 6 butterfly species during the winter months, even if you live in the northern reaches of their ranges.

List of the 50 U.S. State Insects
Which of the 50 states have designated official state insects to represent them? Many states established state insects at the request of children, who learned to lobby their representatives and get a law passed while honoring their favorite insect. Learn the state insects and how they were chosen.

List of the 50 U.S. State Insects
Which of the 50 states have designated official state insects to represent them? Many states established state insects at the request of children, who learned to lobby their representatives and get a law passed while honoring their favorite insect. Learn the state insects and how they were chosen.

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.

7 Insect Pollinators That Aren’t Bees or Butterflies
Sure, bees and butterflies do a lot of pollinating, but they aren't the only insects that move pollen from flower to flower. Learn about these 7 insect pollinators that aren't bees or butterflies.

List of the 50 U.S. State Insects
Which of the 50 states have designated official state insects to represent them? Many states established state insects at the request of children, who learned to lobby their representatives and get a law passed while honoring their favorite insect. Learn the state insects and how they were chosen.

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.

Spider Snacks - Cookies, Cakes, and Candy for a Spider Themed Party
These cookies, candies, and cakes look like spiders, but taste delicious. Make some spider-themed treats for a Halloween party, or to celebrate spiders in your classroom.

5 Best Bug Horror Films - 5 Insect Fear Films That Will Make Your Skin Crawl
Do you like scary movies with lots of bugs? Here are my picks for the top 5 insect horror movies of all time.

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?

Sawflies, Horntails, and Wood Wasps - Families of Sawflies, Horntails, and Wood Wasps - Suborder Symphyta
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.

Twelve "Must Have" Tools for Studying Live Insects
Insects are everywhere, but without the proper tools to collect and observe them, you may never find them. These

Butterfly Exhibits Around the World
There are butterfly conservatories and gardens all over the world. Here are some of the best butterfly exhibits in the world. Plan a trip to visit one soon, and don’t forget your camera!

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

The Buzz - March 2014
One last look at the new articles published this month on About Insects: 6 Butterflies You Can Find in Winter Did a Florida Man Really Die from a Brown

True Bugs, Aphids, Cicadas, and Hoppers
Hemiptera comes from the Greek words

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.

Friday Fact - Millipedes That Make Sedatives
Friday Fact - Millipedes That Make Sedatives

Friday Fact - Burying Beetles and Mites
Friday Fact - Burying Beetles and Mites

Friday Fact - Exploding Ants
Friday Fact - Exploding Ants

Insect Poop - How Social Insects Keep the Poop from Piling Up
Insects that live together in nests or hives would be overrun with poop if they didn't clean up after themselves. Page 2.

Insect Poop - Insect Poop in the Ecosystem
Insect poop, called frass, actually keeps some ecosystems in balance. Page 3.

Bug of the Week?
Bug of the Week?

Bug of the Week - February 26, 2014
Bug of the Week - February 26, 2014

Friday Fact - Running Cockroaches
Friday Fact - Running Cockroaches

10 Possible Causes of Colony Collapse Disorder
Theories about the causes of CCD emerged almost as quickly as the bees disappeared. No single cause or definitive answer has yes been identified. Most researchers expect the answer to lie in a combination of contributing factors. Here ten possible causes of Colony Collapse Disorder.

How to Prevent Garden Pests - 5 Things You Can Do in Fall to Prevent Garden Pests Next Year
Don't wait until spring to relive this year's garden pest nightmares. The best defense against insect pests is a good offense, and that means starting in fall. If this year's harvest was a bust, try these 5 things you can do to prevent pest problems in next year's garden. You'll thank me when you're picking tomatoes and cucumbers.

A Guide to the Twenty Nine Insect Orders
Familiarity with the twenty-nine insect orders is the key to identifying and understanding insects. This introduction will help you get acquainted with their scientific names and the major insect families in each order.

A Guide to the Twenty Nine Insect Orders
Familiarity with the twenty-nine insect orders is the key to identifying and understanding insects. This introduction will help you get acquainted with their scientific names and the major insect families in each order.

A Guide to the Twenty Nine Insect Orders
Familiarity with the twenty-nine insect orders is the key to identifying and understanding insects. This introduction will help you get acquainted with their scientific names and the major insect families in each order.

Bug of the Week - February 19, 2014
Bug of the Week - February 19, 2014

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

Bug of the Week - March 5, 2014
Bug of the Week - March 5, 2014

True Crickets, Family Gryllidae
True crickets (Family Gryllidae) are best known for their courtship songs. Learn the morphological traits that all true crickets share, and how they communicate with melodic chirps.

Definition and illustration of the term cuneus.

Bugs in Your Food
Think you'd never eat a bug? I've got news for you. You eat bugs every day. Food manufacturers use bugs for everything from coloring to candy coatings. Learn about the bugs you're eating and how to find the bugs on food labels.

A Guide to Caring for Bess Beetles
Bess beetles (or bessbugs) make good pets, and are especially easygoing insects children to handle. This guide covers everything you need to know about keeping bess beetles in captivity.

Cellar Spiders, Family Pholcidae
Cellar spiders (Family Pholcidae) are also called daddy longlegs and vibrating spiders. Look around your basement and you'll probably find one. Learn the habits and traits of cellar spiders.

Lynx Spiders, Family Oxyopidae
Lynx spiders are agile hunters with unique traits that make them easy to identify. Learn the habits and traits of lynx spiders, Family Oxyopidae.

Leaf-Footed Bugs, Family Coreidae
Leaf-footed bugs (Family Coreidae) usually have a leaf-like expansion on their hind legs. These plant-eating insects can be quite large. Learn the habits and traits of leaf-footed bugs.

Scorpions, Order Scorpiones
Most people believe scorpions (Order Scorpiones) are desert creatures with dangerous venom, but this is only partially true. Scorpions live in all kinds of habitats, and very few of them can hurt you. Learn the habits and traits of scorpions.

Silverfish and Firebrats, Order Thysanura
Silverfish and firebrats often inhabit human dwellings, and can be a nuisance when they damage books and other paper products. These wingless insects belong to the order Thysanura.

Did a Florida Man Really Die From a Brown Recluse Bite?
When the news media reports a man in Florida died from a brown recluse spider bite, should you believe it? Read such stories with a healthy dose of skepticism, and question the

Plant Bugs, Family Miridae
The family Miridae is the largest group in the order of true bugs, with over 10,000 known species. Most plant bugs feed on plants, as you may have guessed. Learn about the habits and traits of plant bugs.

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.

Katydids, Family Tettigoniidae
Katydids are close cousins of crickets, but quite different in appearance. Learn the habits and traits of katydids (Family Tettigoniidae).

What Is Spider Silk?
Spider silk is one of the world's toughest natural substances. Learn what makes it so unique.

Non-Invasive Buddleia for the Butterfly Garden
Butterfly gardeners can now choose sterile cultivars of butterfly bush, thanks to Buddleia breeders. Learn which varieties are non-invasive, and why that's important.

Ticks, Suborder Ixodida
Learn the habits and traits of the suborder Ixodida, the ticks.

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

Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Katydids, Order Orthoptera
The name Orthoptera means

What Are Exotic, Invasive Insects?
Some organisms, including insects, are referred to as exotic, invasive species. Put simply, these organisms were introduced, intentionally or accidentally, into an ecosystem outside their own and managed to thrive. Alien invasive species can tip the balance in an ecosystem, sometimes with serious environmental and economic consequences.

Pseudoscorpions, Order Pseudoscorpiones
If not for their tiny size, pseudoscorpions might be rather intimidating. These tiny arachnids get their name from their resemblance to true scorpions.

10 Fascinating Facts about Bess Beetles
Many people are unfamiliar with bess beetles, because they spend their lives inside rotting logs and aren't often seen. These insects live fairly sophisticated lives, however. Just read these 10 fascinating facts about bess beetles.

Nursery Web and Fishing Spiders, Family Pisauridae
Learn the habits and traits of nursery web spiders and fishing spiders, members of the family Pisauridae.

Did a Florida Man Really Die From a Brown Recluse Bite?
Longtime readers of my site already know that I am a skeptic when it comes to the subject of brown recluse bites. I regularly receive emails and blog comments

Trilobites, Subphylum Trilobita
Trilobites, ancient marine arthropods, filled the Paleozoic seas, but disappeared from Earth at the end of the Permian period. Though they remain in fossil form only, these creatures are easy to identify and fascinating to study.

Insect Wing Venation Diagram - Comstock Needham 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.

Flea Life Cycle - Learn the Flea Life Cycle to Control Fleas Effectively
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.

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.

Subphylum Crustacea, Crustaceans
Crustaceans (subphylum Crustacea) are mostly marine arthropods, like shrimp and crabs. The group also includes some animals we tend to lump with insects and spiders, such as pillbugs and sand fleas.

Uncle Milton's Ant Farm® Gel Colony™ - Review of Uncle Milton's Ant Farm® Gel Colony™
Uncle Milton's Ant Farm® Gel Colony™ is not your parents' ant farm. The company that made its name on sand-filled ant farms over 50 years ago now offers a real space age version of their live ant colony. Using a gel medium developed for a 2003 Space Shuttle experiment, the Ant Farm® Gel Colony™ makes ant watching easier than ever before.

Geniculate - Definition of the Term Geniculate - Geniculate Antennae
Definition of the term geniculate.

Inquiline – Definition of the Term Inquiline
Definition of the term inquiline, with examples of inquilines.

Eusocial - Definition of Eusocial
Definition of the term eusocial.

Aristate - Definition of the Term Aristate - Aristate Antennae
Definition of the term aristate.

Clavate - Definition of the Term Clavate - Clavate Antennae
Definition of the term clavate. Insects.

Capitate - Definition of the Term Capitate - Capitate Antennae
Definition of the term capitate.

Definition of the term aposematism.

Flabellate - Definition of the Term Flabellate - Flabellate Antennae
Definition of the term flabellate.

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

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

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

Subimago - Definition of the Term Subimago
Definition of the term subimago.

Moniliform - Definition of the Term Moniliform - Moniliform Antennae
Definition of the term moniliform.

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

Serrate - Definition of the Term Serrate - Serrate Antennae
Definition of the term serrate. Insects.

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

Definition of the term necrophoresis.

Definition of the term parthenogenesis.

Giant Jewel Beetle – 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.

Definition of the term thigmotaxis, with examples of thigmotactic insects.

Giant Water Bugs, Family Belostomatidae
Giant water bugs (family Belostomatidae) are big, for sure. In fact, they're the largest bugs in the order Hemiptera. They also have a reputation for nipping people's toes, so you might want to learn more about them (like where they live!).

Backswimmers, Family Notonectidae
Backswimmers look like upside down rowboats, with tiny oars that propel them across freshwater ponds or pools. Learn the habits and traits of these aquatic insects, which belong to the family Notonectidae.

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.

Order Thysanoptera – Habits and Traits of Thrips, Order Thysanoptera
Thrips can be plant pests or beneficial predators of other plant pests. Learn the habit and traits of thrips, which all belong to the order Thysanoptera.

Dung Beetles and Tumblebugs, Subfamily Scarabaeinae
Where would we be without dung beetles? We'd be buried in poop, that's where. Learn the habits and traits of dung beetles and tumblebugs (Subfamily Scarabaeinae).

Rhinoceros Beetles, Subfamily Dynastinae
The beetle subfamily Dynastinae includes rhinoceros beetles, Hercules beetles, and elephant beetles. Many males in this group possess large horns, with which they defend their territory.

How to Build Your Own Mercury Vapor Light Setup
Mercury vapor lights produce ultraviolet light, visible to insects but not to people, and are useful for collecting night-flying moths and other insects. You can put together your own mercury vapor setup using inexpensive materials from a local hardware store.

Parts of a Tarantula
A labeled diagram of the external anatomy of a tarantula, with descriptions of the basic body parts.

5 Things You Can Do To Help Monarchs Make a Comeback
The monarch butterfly's North American migration is at risk, thanks to habitat loss, pesticide use, and other human impacts. Here are 5 things you can do to help monarchs make a comeback.

Plant milkweed to help monarchs.
Monarch caterpillars feed only on milkweed, so without milkweed, the monarchs will not survive. As land is developed or converted to farmland, less milkweed is available in the monarch's breeding range. Plant milkweed to help the monarchs. Page 2.

Be a citizen scientist to help monarchs.
Volunteers are needed to collect data on migrating adult monarchs, on monarch caterpillars, and on milkweed health and availability. Join a citizen science project to help researchers study monarchs. Page 3.

Support conservation groups that help monarchs.
Conservation organizations educate the public about monarchs, conduct research on their health and abundance, and advocate for policies and practices that benefit monarch butterflies. You can help monarchs by supporting these groups. Page 4.

Teach others to help monarchs.
If you want a monarch-friendly community, you need to get others involved in protecting monarchs and their habitat. Learn ways you can teach others about monarchs. Page 5.

Advocate for monarch-friendly practices to help monarchs.
Advocate for monarch-friendly practices on public lands in your community. Page 6.

Common Lacewings, Family Chrysopidae
The common or green lacewings will be familiar to gardeners. In their larval stage, they're often called aphid lions, thanks to their ravenous appetite for aphids and other soft-bodied pests. Learn the habits and traits of common lacewings, family Chrysopidae.

Order Neuroptera – Characteristics of Nerve-Winged Insects
The order Neuroptera includes some rather odd-looking insects, like dobsonflies, snakeflies, and fishflies. The group is mostly predaceous. Learn the habits and traits of nerve-winged insects.

Scorpionflies and Hangingflies, Order Mecoptera
Scorpionflies and hangingflies are ancient insects, represented by roughly 600 extant species. Learn the habits and traits of the order Mecoptera.

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.

Rock Crawlers - Rock Crawlers, Ice Crawlers, or Ice Bugs - Order Grylloblattodea
We rarely encounter members of the order Grylloblattodea, simply because they live in places where humans don't. Learn the habits and traits of rock crawlers, also known as ice bugs.

Zorapterans - Habits and Traits of Angel Insects -Order Zoraptera
Angel insects were first thought to be wingless, but we now know that some members of the Order Zoraptera do have wings. Learn the habits and traits of this group.

Webspinners - Habits and Traits of Webspinners - Order Embiidina
This group of insects are the only ones known to produce silk with glands on their feet. Learn the habits and traits of webspiiners, Order Embiidina.

Gladiators - Habits and Traits of Gladiators - Order Mantophasmatodea
The odd-looking gladiators were first named to their own order, Mantophasmatodea, in 2002.

Grasshoppers, Family Acrididae
Most grasshoppers you'll find on meadow walks, or even in your own backyard, belong to the family Acrididae. Learn the characteristics of these short-horned grasshoppers.

Water Scorpions, Family Nepidae
Both the common and scientific names for this family mean

Habits and Traits of Brush-Footed Butterflies - Family Nymphalidae
Brush-footed butterflies include a variety of common butterflies, including monarchs, admirals, anglewings, and fritillaries. Learn the identifying features of butterflies in the family Nymphalidae.

Habits and Traits of Swallowtails and Parnassians - Family Papilionidae
The butterfly family Papilionidae consists of the familiar swallowtails and the uncommon parnassians. Learn which key traits they share as members of this group.

Tiger Moths, Subfamily Arctiinae
Learn the habits and traits of the tiger moths, subfamily Arctiinae.

Clearwing Moths, Family Sesiidae
Clearwing moths (Family Sesiidae) mimic bees or wasps in both their look and their behavior. Their larvae are borers, pests of many trees and some garden crops. Learn the traits and behaviors of clearwing moths.

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.

Skippers, Family Hesperiidae
About one-third of all North American butterflies belong to the family Hesperiidae, the skippers. These small butterflies fly fast, and can be mistaken for day-flying moths. Learn the habits and traits of skippers.

Whites, Orange-Tips, Sulphurs, and Yellows - Family Pieridae
The word butterfly probably first referred to the yellows that belong to the family Pieridae. This group of medium-sized butterflies includes the whites, yellows, oranges, sulphurs, dogfaces, and orange-tips, many of which are quite common in backyard gardens.

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.

Cockroaches, Order Blattodea - 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.

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.

Darkling Beetles, Family Tenebrionidae
Darkling beetles are scavengers that live under rocks and leaf litter. The family Tenebrionidae is one of the largest beetle families. Learn more about darkling beetles, including how to identify them.

10 Fascinating Facts About Praying Mantids
People like praying mantids because they look a bit like humans, with their expressive faces and long arms. Here are 10 facts about praying mantids that you might not know.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter L.

Terms that begin with the letter M.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter N.

Terms that begin with the letter O.

Terms that begin with the letter R.

Entomology Glossary: B
Terms that begin with the letter B.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter C.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter D.

Terms that begin with the letter E.

Terms that begin with the letter F.

Terms that begin with the letter H.

Terms that begin with the letter I.

About Insects Blogroll - Find More Insect and Spider Blogs on the About Insects Blogroll
The official About Insects blogroll. If you like insects and spiders, you might like these blogs, too.

Forensic Entomology - Insects Solving Crimes
CSI watchers might be familiar with the field of Forensic Entomology, the use of the insects to solve crimes. Find out how entomologists investigate crimes, and learn about some famous cases solved by insects.

Video Clips of Insects, Arachnids, and Other Arthropods
Looking for cool video clips of insects, spiders, or other arthropods? Check them out here.

Online Keys for Identifying Insects
Need to identify an insect? Try one of these online identification keys. Use your observations of the insect to answer questions or match characteristics until you have determined the correct insect order or family.

Photo Guides to Identify Insects
Photographs and pictures can be useful when you are trying to identify an insect. These online guides are worth a look if you have an insect mystery to solve.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter T.

Gifts for Insect Lovers - Toys, Games, and Other Gifts for Insect Lovers
Looking for a great gift for an insect lover in your life? These toys, games, and other gifts will please the bug enthusiast, both young and old.

Unless you study fleas for a living, these are probably not your favorite insects. Fleas are remarkably well-adapted for living as ectoparasites of furry mammals. Find out more about fleas here.

Stick and Leaf Insects
Stick and leaf insects are difficult to see, but easy to recognize when you do spot one. As their names suggest, these members of the order Phasmida look like sticks or leaves.

Despite their bad reputation for destroying man made structures, termites remain important decomposers throughout the world. Termites are fascinating insects, with complex social structures and remarkable engineering abilities.

Keeping Live Insects - Learn to Care for Live Insects in Captivity
One of the best ways to learn about insects is rearing them yourself. Be keeping live insects, you can observe and study their traits, behaviors, and life cycles up close.

Pest Control Books
Need a good reference to help you with insect pest problems? These books will help you with all your pest control challenges.

Winter Survival Strategies In Insects
Insects require sophisticated adaptations to live in harsh environments, to survive weather and climate conditions, and to avoid predators. These articles discuss insect adaptations that help them not only survive, but thrive.

Insect Behavior and Communication - Articles on Insect Behavior and Communication
Insect behaviors tell us a lot about how an insect adapts to its world, about predator-prey relationships, and about evolution. These articles cover unique insect behaviors, including insect communication.

Bug Books for Gardeners - Bug Books on Pests, Beneficials, and Controls for Gardeners
Every garden is going to have insects, for better or worse. Some are pests that feed on our crops and ornamentals, while beneficial insects help keep things in order. These bug books are written with the gardener in mind.

Books for Young Entomologists
Great resources in print for kids who want to learn more about insects and other arthropods.

Tools for Collecting and Studying Insects
Even an amateur entomologist needs a few tools to investigate insects up close. Learn what equipment you need, how to use it, and even how to make your own insect collecting tools.

Growth and Metamorphosis - How Insects Grow and Change
Invertebrates develop in much different ways than we do. All arthropods molt during their growth phase, and most insects appear in three of four different forms over their lifetime. These articles cover growth and metamorphosis of insects and other arthropods.

Insect Mating and Reproduction - Learn How Insects Mate and Reproduce
It's a big world out there, and insects live at the bottom of the food chain. How do they survive with so many predators trying to eat them? Insects are highly successful at mating and reproducing, using their sheer numbers to continue their species.

Entomological terms that begin with the letter S.

Stoneflies - Stoneflies, Order Plecoptera
The stoneflies of order Plecoptera are aquatic and undergo incomplete metamorphosis. The nymphs live under rocks in well flowing streams.

Biological Water Quality Monitoring - Water Quality Monitoring through Macroinvertebrate Sampling
The health of our waterways is vital to life itself. Macroinvertebrate sampling is one method of assessing the quality of water in a stream, river, lake, or pond. Learn more about which aquatic insects and other organisms are bioindicators of good water quality, and which warn us of pollution.

Cool and Unusual Insects and Other Arthropods
The world is full of unusual and interesting insects, from super-sized beetles to bird-eating mantids. Here's the place to explore the most unique members of the insect world.

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

Insect Defenses - How Insects Defend Themselves
Insects reside at the bottom of the food chain. With so many animals out to eat them, insects use some clever tricks to avoid predators and stay alive.

Mayflies - Mayflies, Order Ephemeroptera
Mayflies belong to their own order, the Ephemeroptera. They are aquatic insects as nymphs, and terrestrial insects as adults. Mayflies are important bioindicators of good water quality.

Careers for Insect Lovers - Jobs for People Who Love Insects
Thinking about a career working with insects or spiders? Learn about interesting and unusual ways of turning your entomology interest into a job.

Insect Evolution
There is an entire system of insect classification based on their evolutionary history. Since insects impact the entire food chain, the fossil record of insects tells us much about other life on Earth as well. Even today, insects continue to evolve. This topic offers articles on evolution throughout history, and how insects are changing today.

Terms that begin with the letter P.

Caddisflies - Caddisflies, Order Trichoptera
Caddisflies are nocturnal as adults, and aquatic when immature. The caddisfly adults have silky hairs on their wings and body, which is a key to identifying a Trichoptera member.

Profiles of Flying Insects
The flying insects are the subclass Pterygota. This group includes butterflies, ants, beetles, grasshoppers, dragonflies, and many other insects. These articles will help you understand the 25 flying insect orders and the species that belong in each group.

For Insect Enthusiasts
Are you really into insects? Find out where you can go to see the world's most fascinating insects. This topic covers insect festivals, insect-related travel, ways to volunteer on insect research projects, and insect trivia.

Learning About Insects
There's nothing better than hands-on experience to learn something new, and the field of entomology is no exception. These articles offer descriptions of good tools and field guides to use for closer study of live insects.

The Field of Entomology
Entomology, the study of insects, began informally as agricultural societies formed and emerged into a scientific field in the 1500's. Here, you will find articles on the field of entomology, including its history, current issues, and information on pursuing an entomology career.

Photography of Insects
Insect photography is a challenging hobby and a great way to learn more about insect behavior. Enjoy these online galleries of photos, and find tips and ideas for how to take your own.

Bed Bug Stories - Share Your Bed Bug Stories
Bed bug infestations have skyrocketed in the past few years, so more and more people are dealing with the maddening problem of getting rid of bed bugs. Have you had a bed bug infestation in your home? Have you had any vacation encounters with bed bugs in hotels? Share your bed bug stories! Page 2.

Nominate Your Best Bug Horror Film - Readers' Picks for Best Bug Horror Films
What's your favorite insect horror film?

Brown Recluse Spider Stories - Share Your Brown Recluse Spider Stories
Brown recluse spiders live in a limited area of the U.S. Even where they are abundant, people are rarely bitten by them. Most brown recluse bites heal without medical intervention. Necrotic wounds are often misdiagnosed as recluse bites. But without catching a spider in the act and having that spider identified by an expert, you can't prove a person was bitten by one. Everyone seems to have a brown recluse story. Do you have a story to tell about a brown recluse bite? Share it here. Page 2.

Favorite Bugs - Which Were Your Favorite Bugs When You Were a Child?
My first insect pet was a June beetle I had when I was six. June beetles and ladybugs were my favorite bugs when I was a child. Did you have any insect pets as a kid? Which were your favorite bugs when you were a child? Page 2.

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?

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.

Do Bees Die After They Sting You?
You've probably heard that bees die after they sting you, but that isn't always true. Learn which bees can only sting once, and why bees die after stinging.

Do Flies Really Vomit and Poop When They Land on You?
You've heard this before, haven't you - flies vomit and poop on you when they land on you. Do you want to know if it's true?

How Do Monarchs Know When to Migrate?
Monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains migrate to Mexico each fall. Did you ever wonder how the monarchs know when it's time to migrate?

What Good Are Ticks?
Ticks drink our blood, and often transmit disease when they do. Did you ever wonder why we need ticks, or what purpose they serve? What good are ticks?

Are Bug Bombs Safe?
Bug bombs, or total room defoggers, are widely available products marketed for do-it-yourself extermination of problem insects, like cockroaches and bedbugs. A

Wild About Ants - : Tell Us About Your Bug Blog
Wild About Ants covers ants and other hymenoptera of the desert southwest.

Insects of Kerala - : Tell Us About Your Bug Blog
Do you have a bug blog? Do you blog about insects, spiders, or other arthropods? Let us know about it!

Obsession with Butterflies - : Tell Us About Your Bug Blog
Information on butterflies and butterfly gardening

Bug Dreams - Insect Photography - : Tell Us About Your Bug Blog
Bug Dreams isn't exclusively about insects, but offers enough insect photography to make it worth listing here.

Urban Gardening to Maintain Biological Diversity - : Tell Us About Your Bug Blog
Theories about using urban gardening to help maintain biological diversity.

Native Pollinators - : Tell Us About Your Bug Blog
News and information about bumblebees, solitary bees and honey bees.

Israeli Insects, Spiders, and Other Arthropods - : Tell Us About Your Bug Blog
A blog about the local invertebrate fauna of Israel, written in Hebrew.

Lepcurious - Florida Butterflies - : Tell Us About Your Bug Blog
A blog about Florida butterflies, moths and the host and nectar plants that support them.

Missouri Bugs - : Tell Us About Your Bug Blog
An introduction to the bugs that call Missouri home.

Insects, Spiders, and Other Invertebrates - : Tell Us About Your Bug Blog
All kinds of stuff about both present and fossil invertebrates: from eurypterids of hundreds of millions of years ago to butterflies today, from the Arctic to the tropics to the Antarctic.

Friday Fact - Centipede "Poison Claws"
Did you know... Centipedes hunt and subdue their prey with venom, but they don't have fangs like spiders, or even a sting like a scorpion to administer the

Friday Fact - Booklice and Barklice
Did you know... Although their names suggest a resemblance or similarity to lice, booklice and bark lice (Order Psocoptera) are really nothing like true

Friday Fact - Warble Flies
Did you know... Warble flies (Genus Cuterebra) are quite large as flies go, but rarely seen. Also known as rodent or rabbit bot flies, they deposit their

Lesson Plans and Activities
Find lesson plans for teaching about insects, science fair project ideas, and other activities here.

Teaching About Insects
If you're a teacher, this is the topic for you. You can find lesson plans, activities, and information on keeping live insects in the classroom.

The Case Against Butterfly Bush
I often do presentations on butterfly gardening and backyard habitats. Without fail, I make someone in the audience upset when I launch into my customary rant

Bug of the Week - December 12, 2012
Bug of the Week - December 12, 2012

Bug of the Week - February 12, 2014
Bug of the Week - February 12, 2014

Bug of the Week - May 1, 2013
Bug of the Week - May 1, 2013

Friday Fact - Polyembryony
Did you know... Some insects produce multiple embryos from a single egg. This phenomenon, known as polyembryony, occurs most often in parasitic wasps.

Volunteer Opportunities - Volunteer Opportunities for Insect and Spider Enthusiasts
Many scientists rely on help from

Bug of the Week - February 5, 2014
Bug of the Week - February 5, 2014

Researchers Find Key Honey Bee Worker Gene
What makes a worker bee different from a queen? For one thing, worker honey bees have special pollen-gathering structures on their legs, while queen bees do

Profiles of Wingless Insects
The wingless insects are the subclass Apterygota. There are four orders in this group: silverfish, bristletails, proturans, and springtails. This page provides descriptions of the wingless insect groups and species.

Springtails (Order Collembola)
The order Collembola includes an estimated 2,000 species worldwide. The springtails propel themselves into the air by flicking their furcula, an appendage kept tucked beneath the abdomen until they need to make a quick escape from danger. These articles describe the characteristics and behaviors of the order Collembola, and profiles of the springtail families.

Non-Insect Arthropods
Some arthropods, though not insects at all, are commonly grouped with true insects. We'll explore spiders, ticks, scorpions and other insect cousins in this topic.

Harvestmen - Articles About Harvestmen or Daddy Longlegs
Daddy longlegs, or harvestmen, are often misidentified as spiders. They actually belong to an order all their own, the Opiliones.

Bug of the Week - December 11, 2013
Bug of the Week - December 11, 2013

Monarch Migration - Monarch Migration, the Longest Migration in the Insect World
Monarch butterflies are the wings down champions of migrating insects, completing the longest two-way migration. The North American Monarch populations fly south each fall, and return north in the spring.

Careers for People Who Love Insects – Museum Exhibit Designer – Interview with Paul Nelson, Museum Exhibit Designer
If you love insects and are skilled at building things, you might want to try a career building and designing museum exhibits. Learn the pros and cons of being a museum exhibit designer from Paul Nelson, owner of Outhouse Exhibit Services.

Careers for People Who Love Insects – Museum Exhibit Designer – Interview with Paul Nelson, Museum Exhibit Designer
If you love insects and are skilled at building things, you might want to try a career building and designing museum exhibits. Learn the pros and cons of being a museum exhibit designer from Paul Nelson, owner of Outhouse Exhibit Services. Page 2.

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.

Insect Fossils – 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.

Timeline of Fossil Insects - Timeline of Fossil Insects by Order
Which insects appeared on Earth first, and which evolved last? This article outlines when each insect order, extant or extinct, first appeared in the fossil record.

The Bumblebee Queen - The Life Cycle of a Bumblebee Queen
The bumblebee queen lives just one year, from fall to fall. During that time, she survives the winter cold on her own, incubates and cares for offspring, and insures that her genetic line continues by making new queens to replace her.

The Lost Ladybug Project – Volunteer to Help Scientists on the Lost Ladybug Project
The Lost Ladybug Project needs volunteers of all ages to help document ladybug populations in North America. Here's what you need to know to participate.

The Great Sunflower Project - Volunteer to Help Scientists on the Great Sunflower Project
Through the Great Sunflower Project, citizen scientists are helping researchers assess bee populations in urban, suburban, and rural environments. If you can plant some sunflowers and spend just 30 minutes per month observing bees, you can help, too.

Monarch Watch – Volunteer to Help Scientists Through Monarch Watch
Scientists first started tagging monarch butterflies in 1937. Today, hundreds of volunteers help researchers continue the study of monarch migration through Monarch Watch.

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

5 Things You Can Do for Insects on Earth Day
What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day this year? Planting a tree? Cleaning up a park or beach? People tend to think big on Earth Day, but I like to focus on

It's Raining Tiny Caterpillars
First instar gypsy moth caterpillar.Photo: © Debbie Hadley, WILD Jersey Last Friday, I sat in my backyard enjoying the sunshine, and subconsciously flicked a

Out With the Old, In With the New
When my brother was small, he was one of those quiet, shy little boys who always hid behind our mother. He had a tendency toward politeness and never wanted to

The Buzz on Bees
Honeybees may be the most researched insect on the planet. Concerns about vanishing honeybees, and the impact this has on our food crops, continue to drive

Free Seeds to Help the Honeybees
As vanishing honeybees continue to threaten our food supply, companies and organizations are helping by getting citizens involved. How can you help save the

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

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

Cricket Lore - The Chinese Love Affair with Crickets
For over two millenia, the Chinese have been in love with crickets. Visit a Beijing market, and you'll find prize specimens fetching prices that make the

Chicago's Party Comes to an Abrupt End - ALB Returns
Ten years ago, Chicagoans watched as their beloved shade trees were cut down and chipped. Along with New York City, Chicago came under siege from an invader

Schoolkids to Study Bugs in Space
When the space shuttle Endeavor launches from Florida later today, it will be carrying more than astronauts. A payload of spiders and butterflies are heading to

Termites Inflict Lethal Head Butts on Nest Invaders
The Panamanian termite, Termes panamensis, fights off nest invaders with a lethal blow to the head. Researchers found the tenacious termite soldiers possess the

Insects Can't Make Sense of a Man-Made World
Man-made light is making a real mess of things, ecologically speaking. Years ago, I volunteered on a research team monitoring hawksbill sea turtles on Barbados.

Bug of the Week - February 18, 2009
Here's this week's bug of the week! Once again, I've given you a few hints in the forum. Can you name this bug? Last week's bug of the week was a tricky one,

Does the Economic Bust Help the Bed Bugs Boom?
The meteoric rise in bed bug infestations couldn't have come at a worse time. State and local governments everywhere are strapped for cash, and some cities are

Which Insect's Sting Hurts the Most? Ask the King of Sting
Imagine a bold and unrelenting pain, like somebody is using a drill to excavate your ingrown toenail. That's how Justin Schmidt described the sting of a red

Bug of the Week - April 29, 2009
It's Wednesday, time for another bug of the week. Each week, I post a photo of a mystery insect for you to identify. If you can name this beautiful butterfly,

Will Lyme Disease Worsen as Temps Rise?
A newly published study out of Yale University suggests rising global temperatures may increase the severity of Lyme disease. According to the paper's authors,

Indiana Man's Death Blamed on Brown Recluse Spider
Headlines about brown recluse spiders always catch my attention, so my antennae were raised by a news item from Indiana: Spider Bite Likely Cause in Evansville

Why You Should Buy Local Honey
Some say local honey will cure your seasonal allergies, and others say it's just plain good. Whether you want to reduce your carbon footprint or support local

Bug or Insect?
Lately, a couple of Facebook fans of this site have criticized my liberal use of the word bug in certain blog posts. They feel, for example, that I am doing

Darwin and the Hawk Moths of Madagascar
Hawk moths are a favorite subject of study by naturalists, photographers, and insect enthusiasts. They're big, beefy moths with sometimes showy patterns and

Do Conkers Repel Spiders? Prove It!
While doing a little research last week, I discovered an unusual phrase that seems to be getting a lot of interest from internet searchers recently - conkers

Child Dies After Mom Misuses Bug Bombs
This is a truly heartbreaking story with a tragic ending. A well-intentioned mother in South Carolina and her two young sons moved into a mobile home, ready to

Bug of the Week - November 18, 2009
Here's an unusual critter! Do you know what it is? Each Wednesday, I post an image of a bug for you to identify. Leave your answer in a comment, and next

Bug of the Week - December 9, 2009
Can you name this bug? Bug of the Week is your chance to show off you insect identification skills. If you know the name of this bug, leave a comment with

Benjamin Franklin on Insects
On this July 4th (Independence Day in the United States), I found myself thinking about Benjamin Franklin, who was not only one of our founding fathers, but

When Is a Brown Recluse Not a Brown Recluse?
Well, most of the time, really. For every 10 news headlines I see about the brown recluse, I'd estimate 9 of the stories are inaccurate. Case in point: a

Cool Caterpillars Make Flirtatious Butterflies
The general rule of butterfly courtship is simple - the girl gets to choose. Male butterflies work hard to win a mate, and often display showy wing designs

Does a Harsh Winter Mean Fewer Bugs This Year?
Brrr. With the exception of last week's brief warming, we've had quite a deep freeze this winter. Freezing temperatures reached into the deep south in the U.S.,

Friday Fact - Honeydew
Friday Fact - Honeydew

Entomologist, Pine Barrens Advocate Howard Boyd Dies at 97
Entomologist, Pine Barrens Advocate Howard Boyd Dies at 97

Bug of the Week - January 11, 2012
Bug of the Week - January 11, 2012

Bug of the Week - March 21, 2012
Bug of the Week - March 21, 2012

Where Are the Monarchs?
We're already into the fall monarch migration season, and I have yet to see a single monarch near my NJ home. The milkweed remains untouched. Scientists

Mosquitoes - Family Culicidae
Mosquitoes bite people on six continents, and you can probably recognize one when it lands on your arm. Mosquitoes belong to the family Culicidae, in the order Diptera, the true flies. This article describes the mosquito's defining characteristics, its life cycle, and its habits.

Semiochemical - Definition of the Term Semiochemical
Definition of the term semiochemical.

Glossary Definition - Simple Diffusion
Definition of the term simple diffusion.

Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle - Habits and Traits of Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle, Harmonia axyridis
One of our most common lady beetles, the Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle, is actually a native of Asia. Now well-established across North America, this hungry predator devours aphids and other soft-bodied insects in gardens and home landscapes.

Japanese Beetles - Learn About Japanese Beetles, Popillia japonica
Japanese beetles first invaded the U.S. in 1916, and quickly became a serious pest of both the home landscape and farms. Controlling this prolific pest costs over $460 million annually. The larval grub form feeds on grasses, and the adult beetles defoliate over 300 species of trees, shrubs, and herbs.

Crime Scene Insects – How Crime Scene Insects Provide Toxicology Evidence - Forensic Entomology
Soft tissues decompose first, and any toxicological evidence disappears along with those tissues. When a body is found too late to recover tissue samples, though, there's still a way to test for drugs or toxins. Insects recovered from the cadaver may contain all the toxicological evidence needed to solve the case.