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Park County, Montana
A rapidly disappearing glacier filled with extinct grasshoppers, perfectly preserved in the ice.
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The Amazing Life and Work of Maria Sibylla Merian
The beautiful botanical illustrations of a 17th-century entomologist, artist, and adventurer.
May 17, 2017
Watch Decorator Crabs Get Decked Out in Camouflage
When the perfect accessory is a matter of life and death.
May 11, 2017
A Gnat in Amber With an Important Stowaway: Ancient Orchid Pollen
Orchids are much older than we thought.
May 04, 2017
Why Female Dragonflies Fake Death to Avoid Males
May 01, 2017
Wax Worms Have a Voracious Appetite—for Plastic Bags
Let's hope these caterpillars are very, very hungry.
April 24, 2017
The world's largest banyan tree is followed by a cult of worshipers.
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Found: An Ancient Tick Preserved in Amber With Fossilized Mammal Blood
There’s a reason why this sounds so much like the beginning of Jurassic Park.
April 04, 2017
The Strange Way Mosquitoes Fly
And still annoy you.
March 29, 2017
A Guy in Austria Tried to Enter a Court Building With a Jar of Roaches
He was turned away.
March 01, 2017
Scientists Have a New Idea About the Origins of Namibia's Fairy Circles
Two competing theories could both be true: Termites and plants both contribute to the circles' creation.
January 18, 2017
Daintree Entomological Museum
Australia's largest collection of rare and bizarre insects.
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Grace Hopper's Bug
A computer bug so primitive it was an actual insect.
Added by Molly McBride Jacobson
Investigating the Mystery of One of America's Most Endangered Bees
The rusty patched bumble bee has seen its population decline precipitously in recent years. Why?
October 27, 2016
Watch This Strange-Looking Monkey Slug Take Over a Mailbox
A fuzzy posterior hides the creature's slimy translucent underbelly.
October 18, 2016
Can Evolution Be Photographed?
Here is a striking visual compendium of Darwin's scientific breakthrough.
October 12, 2016
Why Doctors Once Treated Fevers and Hysteria With Mashed-Up Bedbugs
From Ancient Greece through the 18th century, bedbugs were used as medicine.
August 24, 2016
We're Getting Closer to Knowing Why Bees Are Dying Off Worldwide
One widely-used pesticide was found to reduce bee sperm counts.
July 27, 2016
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