animals
The World’s Biggest Bee Just Buzzed Into My Heart

I don’t remember when or where I was first stung by a bee. What I remember is the pain. Read More >>

animals
World’s Biggest Bee, Once Thought Extinct, Has Been Found Alive

A black, thumb-sized missile sails through the jungle air, a thunderous buzzing announcing its arrival. The massive insect lands heavily on a tree-bound termite nest, taking a moment to fold its brassy wings and stretch its humongous, curved jaws. This is Wallace’s giant bee, the beefiest and bumbliest bee on Earth. After going missing for nearly four decades, the species has just been rediscovered in its native Indonesia. Read More >>

dogs
Insect Dog Food Launches in the UK This Week

Around 40 per cent of the protein contained in Yora dog food comes from insect sources, making it the ideal choice for any highly evolved dogs able to make their own environmentally sound eating choices by woofing at Alexa. Read More >>

archaeology
Hundreds of Weevils Found Encased in Ancient Japanese Pot

Thousands of years ago, Japanese artisans had a habit of mixing maize weevils into their clay when making pottery. The recent discovery of a single pot packed with an estimated 500 weevils is adding to our knowledge of this practice, and the extent to which these destructive pests plagued ancient Japan. Read More >>

food
Sainsbury’s is Selling Whole Insects in BBQ Coating for Protein Enthusiasts

A range of edible insects is now on sale in Sainsbury's, and they haven't done much to disguise the fact that the packets contain nothing but seasoned crickets. They have not been ground up and shaped into crisps. They have not been ground up and shaped into dinosaurs. They have not been ground up and sprinkled over peanuts. It's a bag of whole, big, clearly identifiable crickets, without even any raisins mixed in. Read More >>

science
Look How Tightly You Can Squish Mosquitoes Without Killing Them

Far more lethal than sharks, wolves, bears, or any other fanged beast is the tiny mosquito, which holds the title of world’s deadliest animal. The World Health Organization estimates that “millions” of people die every year from mosquito-borne diseases. Thankfully, scientists have come up with a strategy to greatly reduce the mosquito population, but it requires sending tens or even hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes to different areas of the world, often through the mail. Read More >>

health
Los Angeles Is Dealing With an Outbreak of Flea-Borne Typhus

The city of angels is dealing with a nasty outbreak of a disease spread by fleas. Last Friday, health officials in the US state of California reported that there has been an epidemic of flea-borne typhus within the Los Angeles area this year. Read More >>

science
Dear Lord, Praying Mantises Can Actually Catch Fish

Praying mantises are what scientists call “generalist” hunters, meaning they eat pretty much whatever they want. Despite their eclectic taste, however, no one has ever seen a praying mantis eat fish—until now. Read More >>

conservation
French Ban on Neonicotinoid Pesticides, Which Bees May Find Addictive, Goes Into Effect

A French ban on five neonicotinoid pesticides intended to protect the nation’s bees from colony collapse disorder went into effect on Saturday, Agence France-Press reported. Read More >>

science
Scientists Put Paint on Ants to Study How They Form Societies

Ants can do pretty amazing things when they work together, like building elaborate nests and even creating bridges from their bodies. One team of scientists wanted to know how these social insects figure out how to take on their various roles within a colony. Read More >>

science
Beetle Trapped in 99-Million-Year-Old Amber Was an Early Pollinator 

Amber fossils containing bugs are nothing new, but the discovery of a beautifully preserved Cretaceous Period beetle with bits of pollen still around it is changing what we know about the planet’s earliest pollinating insects. Read More >>

insects
Tarantulas on the Loose in Derbyshire

Some weird person abandoned a batch of massive imported spiders in a car park in Derbyshire, with onlookers saying the babies remained in the pots to be captured -- but warning that the adult pair "scuttled away." Read More >>

animals
I Do Not Like This New Wasp Species Whose Giant Stinger Lays Eggs Inside Spiders

Hi, do you see that long red thing? It belongs to that wasp. Its function is to both sting and lay eggs inside of another creature, which is eventually killed from the inside by the wasp’s horrifying offspring. I do not like this wasp and hope that I never meet this wasp. Read More >>

environment
Electronic Tags Used to Save Britain’s Bees From Hornet Attack

Scientists looking at ways to stop the gradual encroachment of the vicious Asian hornet into our fields and picnic areas have been using electronic tags, with the insects able to carry units equal to their body weight and lead exterminators right to their nests. Read More >>

wtf
Man Says Dying Roach Left Eggs in His Ear: ‘I Heard It Die in My Head’

A man in the US state of Florida was reportedly struggling with a roach infestation at his flat earlier this month when he realised the problem had migrated to his ear canal. And this is your last chance to stop reading before you have to live with this knowledge for the rest of your life. Read More >>