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 >>

spiders
Male Brown Widow Spiders Prefer Cannibalistic Older Females for No Apparent Reason

Scientists in Israel have observed a strange behaviour among brown widow spiders: When given the choice, the males of this species prefer to have sex with older females even though they’re less likely to bear offspring. More problematically, these older females are also more inclined to devour their partners after mating, making the males’ preference all the more baffling. Read More >>

nature
London Residents Warned That Invasive, Toxic Caterpillars Are Out in Force This Year

Per the New York Times, UK forestry officials are warning that oak processionary moth caterpillars have been sighted emerging from eggs in and near the city since mid-April. Each of their 62,000 hairs contain the protein thaumetopoein, which can cause allergic reactions up to “skin and eye irritation, difficulty breathing and even anaphylactic shock.” The insects originate in southern Europe, but have had a presence in southern England since 2005, when live oaks from Europe were imported along with insect eggs. In addition to their potential danger to humans, they can strip oak trees of leaves, leaving them to die. Read More >>

biology
New Species of ‘Exploding Ant’ Discovered in Borneo

When confronted by an enemy, Southeast Asian “exploding ants” do exactly what their name implies: they explode. Ignored for decades, researchers have completed a detailed survey of these enigmatic ants, discovering over a dozen species that fit into this group, including one that’s completely new to science. Read More >>

robots
Don’t Bother Trying to Outrun This Creepy Spiderbot That Transforms Into a Rolling Wheel

If the only thing more terrifying to you than a spider is a spider chasing you, you’re not going to want to watch this video of Festo’s latest creation. Using eight reconfigurable legs, the BionicWheelBot can creepily crawl along the ground, but then transform into a wheel and roll at an alarming speed. Someone find me a gigantic rolled up newspaper. Read More >>