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Insects: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
How to Make a Vinegar Trap to Catch Fruit Flies
Are you battling fruit flies in your kitchen? Once they get in, it's hard to get rid of fruit flies. This simple vinegar trap works wonders on a fruit fly infestation.
10 Tips for Getting Rid of Fruit Flies
Are you waging a fruitless battle against fruit flies in your home (pun intended)? Try following these 10 tips for getting rid of fruit flies.
Where Do Fruit Flies Come From?
People once thought insects like fruit flies appeared by magic overnight, a theory called spontaneous generation. While it might seem like this is the case, fruit flies do come from somewhere. Learn what causes fruit flies.
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.
How to Tell the Difference Between Wasps,...
The social wasps of the family Vespidae include paper wasps, yellowjackets, and hornets, all of which will defend their homes vigorously should you disturb them. Worse yet, they have a tendency to build their homes in the places we like to spend our time, so there's a good chance you'll encounter them.
Can I Get My Dog's Fleas?
Fleas live on cats, dogs, and other furry animals. But can fleas live on people?
Help! What Are These Tiny Black Bugs in My House?
I keep finding tiny black bugs crawling on my floors and walls. What are they, and what do I do to get rid of them?!
Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?
When it comes to mosquitoes, it's not the bite that's the problem. It's the annoying itch that persists for days after the mosquito has finished its meal. Why do mosquito bites itch, anyway?
10 Ways to Guarantee You'll Get Mosquito Bites
We all know a human mosquito magnet – the one person in the group who seems to get all the mosquito bites. Want to know how they do it? Here are 10 ways to guarantee you'll get the most mosquito bites at your next outdoor party.
The Most Effective Ways to Get Rid of Fleas in...
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.
Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?
As bed bugs make headlines around the country, people are wondering what causes bed bugs. Here's what causes bed bugs, and what doesn't.
Are Daddy Longlegs Venomous?
Myth or fact? A daddy longlegs has deadly venom, but cannot bite humans because its fangs are too short to penetrate the skin. Here's your answer.
Are Daddy Longlegs Spiders, 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.
What Good Are 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?
What Good Are Mosquitoes, Anyway?
You probably can't think of one good thing to say about mosquitoes. They're annoying, they bite, and they carry deadly diseases. But they must be good for something, right? What good are mosquitoes?
Do Flies Really Vomit and Poop When They Land...
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 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.
Effective Mosquito Control
Nothing takes the fun out of an evening barbecue outdoors like a bunch of bloodthirsty mosquitoes. In addition to inflicting a painful bite, mosquitoes can transmit diseases. You can keep your local mosquito population under control by limiting their habitat on your property, and avoid their annoying bites by using the right barriers and repellants. This article also teaches you what oft-touted mosquito controls do NOT work.
10 Fascinating Facts About Fireflies
Fireflies are amazing insects! Learn 10 cool facts about fireflies.
10 Fascinating Facts About Mosquitoes
Here are 10 things you didn't know about mosquitoes.
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.
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.
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.
Venomous or Poisonous?
The terms venomous and poisonous are often used interchangeably, but incorrectly. There is, in fact, a difference between a venomous insect and a poisonous insect.
Get Rid of Ants with Homemade Ant Bait
Are you battling ants in your kitchen? Learn how to make and use homemade ant baits that will get rid of those ants quickly.
Bee or Wasp?
Bees and wasps belong to the order Hymenoptera, and are similar in many ways. However, there are some important differences. This article outlines the major distinctions between bees and wasps.
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.
Do We Really Swallow Spiders While We Sleep?
True or false? The average person swallows 8 spiders per year while sleeping.
10 Common Myths About How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Before you wage war against bed bugs, be sure you know which bed bug treatments work, and which don't. This article outlines the top 10 myths about treating bed bugs.
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.
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.
10 Tips to Avoid Bee Stings
Being stung by a bee or wasp is never fun, and for people with bee venom allergies, it can be life-threatening. In most cases, bee stings are entirely avoidable - just don't attract them or put the bees on the defensive. Here's 10 tips to help you avoid bee stings.
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.
What Causes Insects to Go Towards the Light?
Did you ever wonder why so many insects circle around your porch light?
How to Know When to Use a Bug Bomb
Are you sure a bug bomb is the best choice for your pest problem? Bug bombs don't work well on all insects. When used incorrectly, these home pesticide products can be hazardous, too. Learn how to weigh the risks and rewards of using a bug bomb, before you choose to use one.
What Are These Tiny Red Bugs in My House?
Help! I have hundreds of tiny red bugs on my windowsills and curtains. When I squash them, they leave nasty red stains on everything. What are they and how do I get rid of them?
How Wasps Build Wasp Nests
Paper wasps, yellowjackets, and hornets all make paper nests, though the size, shape, and location of their nests differ. Paper wasps build umbrella-shaped wasp nests suspended underneath eaves and overhangs. Hornets construct large, football-shaped nests. Yellowjackets make their nests underground. In general, though, the process of constructing all wasp nests is the same.
How to Get Rid of Chiggers
Prime chigger habitat includes overgrown lawns, ground covers, leaf litter, weedy areas, and densely planted shrubs or trees.
What Are These 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?
How to Control Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees are beneficial insects, but they can sometimes be a nuisance to homeowners. These large bees excavate tunnels in lumber, making holes in decks, porches, and other wood structures. Learn when it's time to take action, and how to control carpenter bees effectively.
Why You Shouldn't Plant Butterfly Bush
Planting a butterfly garden? Don't plant butterfly bush! Learn why butterfly bush is bad, and what you can plant instead of butterfly bush.
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.
10 Fascinating Facts About Dragonflies
Have you ever spent a summer day watching dragonflies flying around a pond or lake? Learn more about the biology and behavior of these incredible insects. Here are 10 cool facts about dragonflies.
10 Fascinating Facts About Ants
The complex, cooperative societies of ants enable them to survive and thrive in conditions that would challenge the individual. Here are 10 fascinating facts about ants that just might convince you they're superior to us.
12 Flowers That Will Bring Butterflies to Your...
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.
10 Fascinating Facts About Tarantulas
Hollywood directors like to use tarantulas in horror flicks, because these huge, furry spiders look intimidating. But tarantulas have been given a bad rap. These 10 cool facts about tarantulas should make you think differently about these docile and fascinating spiders.
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.
Stinging Caterpillars
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.
Do Bug Zappers Kill Mosquitoes?
People swear that bug zappers make a big difference in their backyard mosquito population, but research proves otherwise. Find out why bug zappers don't work to control mosquitoes.
Why Are Cicadas So Loud? How Do Cicadas Produce...
Cicadas calling for mates produce a deafening sound. How do cicadas produce such a loud sound? Male cicadas use their species-specific calls to attract female mates.
10 Fascinating Facts About Pillbugs
A pillbug goes by many names -– roly poly, wood louse, armadillo bug, potato bug – but whatever you call it, it's a fascinating creature.
10 Fascinating Facts About Grasshoppers
Learn 10 fascinating facts about grasshoppers.
10 Fascinating Facts About Butterflies
Everyone is familiar with butterflies, but how much do you really know about these insects? Here are 10 cool facts about butterflies.
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?
Is It a Mosquito...or Something Else?
Are you sure it's a mosquito? Some insects that look like mosquitoes don't bite at all. Learn to tell the difference between mosquitoes, midges, and crane flies.
Do Bugs Really Crawl in People's Ears?
Feel something moving inside your ear and wonder if it's a bug? It just might be. Find out which bugs, and what you should do if a bug crawls into your ear.
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.
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.
10 Fascinating Facts About Stick Insects
Stick insects live on every continent except Antarctica, though most of the world's stick insects inhabit the tropics. You may know stick insects for their camouflage, but there's a lot more to Phasmids than that. Here are 10 cool facts about stick insects you might not know.
10 Fascinating Facts About Honey Bees
No other insect has served the needs of man like the honey bee. Here are 10 facts about honey bees you might not know.
Grasshopper or Cricket?
Grasshoppers, crickets, locusts, and katydids all belong to the same order - Orthoptera. Within this group, the grasshoppers and locusts are separated from the crickets and katydids by certain characteristics. These are the major differences between the two suborders of Orthoptera.
How Do You Use a Bug Bomb Safely?
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.
How Do You Know 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?
How to Avoid Bed Bugs in Hotel Rooms
Before you settle into your hotel room, take a few minutes to look for any signs of bed bugs. Learn what to look for, where to look, and what to do if you find bed bugs in your hotel room. Page 3.
How to Tell the Difference Between a Dragonfly...
Though both dragonflies and damselflies belong to the order Odonata, there are features that separate the two groups into suborders. Knowing whether a mystery odonate is a dragonfly or damselfly will help you identify it. This article outlines the differences between dragonflies and damselflies.
Do 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?
Got Bed Bugs? Save Your Mattress with a Bed-Bug...
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.
How to Keep a 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 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.
How Dragonflies Mate
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.
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.
9 Insects People Think Are the Most Annoying
Even for people who love insects, some bugs can be really annoying. Through a very unscientific poll, I have compiled this list of the nine most annoying insects of all.
Where Do Mosquitoes Go in Winter?
Mosquitoes are nowhere to be found in winter, but reappear in force each spring as if by magic. Where do mosquitoes go in winter, and how do they reappear so quickly in spring?
Tussock Moth Caterpillars
The Tussock Moth caterpillars, family Lymantriidae, are voracious eaters capable of defoliating entire forests. This photo gallery identifies and describes ten tussock moth caterpillars.
10 Fascinating Facts About Centipedes
Learn 10 fascinating facts about centipedes.
10 Fascinating Facts About Caterpillars
How much do you really know about caterpillars? Here are 10 cool facts about caterpillars.
Important Facts About Bed Bugs (Including Where...
Bed bugs were thought to be a pest of the past, but these parasites have made a resurgence in recent years. Learn to recognize bed bugs, and understand their life cycle.
Brown Recluse Spider, Loxosceles reclusa
The brown recluse spider, Loxosceles reclusa, has a bad and largely undeserved reputation. Across the U.S., people fear the bite of this spider. In truth, the brown recluse is just that - a recluse. It's range is limited to one section of the country, and its bite is rarely life threatening.
Not All Spiders Spin Webs (and 9 Other...
From jumping spiders to tarantulas, spiders all share certain traits. These 10 facts about spiders will teach you what all spiders have in common.
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?
18 Weird Kinds of Ants You Might Not Know
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.
Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to eliminate once they've established themselves in a dwelling. What makes it so hard to get rid of bed bugs?
10 Fascinating Facts About Millipedes
Millipedes are ancient creatures. Learn fascinating facts about how millipede bodies, behaviors, and history.
10 Native Bees Every Gardener Should Know
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.
If You Touch a Butterfly's Wings, Can It Still...
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?
Do Japanese Beetle Traps Work?
If you have Japanese beetles in your yard or garden, the last thing you should do is hang a Japanese beetle trap. Here's why these traps are more hype than hope.
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.
10 Insects That Are Great for Your Garden
Beneficial insects prey on the pests gardeners detest, keeping insect populations in check. You should learn to recognize these top 10 beneficial insects in your garden.
How to Tell the Difference Between a Centipede...
Centipedes and millipedes tend to get grouped together, but they're quite different creatures. Though both are arthropods, that's where the similarities end. Here's how to tell which is which.
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?
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?
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.
What Do Dragonflies Eat?
Learn what adult dragonflies and dragonfly nymphs eat, and how they catch their prey. Their flying maneuvers are truly impressive.
What Do Caterpillars Eat?
Caterpillars are the larvae of butterflies and moths. What do caterpillars eat?
What Do Killer Bees Look Like?
: What Do Killer Bees Look Like? I live in an area with killer bees (Africanized bees). How can I tell
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.
Exploding Honey Bees (Sexual Suicide)
Honey bee mating involves one of the most dramatic examples of sexual suicide in the insect world.
What Happens During the 4 Stages of a...
Butterflies and moths, all members of the order Lepidoptera, undergo complete metamorphosis with four stages - egg, larve, pupa, and adult. In each of these four life cycle stages, the insect looks and behaves quite differently from the others.
How Do Insects Smell?
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?
Butterfly or Moth?
Butterfly or moth? Learn the 6 physical or behavioral traits that will help you tell the difference between butterflies and moths.
What Are Killer 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 Bees Make Honey?
Honey bees use their stores of energy-rich honey to get them through lean times, including winter. Worker bees gather nectar from flowers and convert it into enough honey to keep the colony alive. How do bees make honey from nectar?
Life Cycle of Fireflies and 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.
Do Insects Have Brains?
How does an insect make sense of the world, move from place to place, or breathe, eat, and mate? Something must control all of these vital functions. Do insects have brains?
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.
Why Do Chirping Crickets Become Quiet When You...
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?
Aphid-Herding Ants
Ants and aphids have a mutualistic relationship. Ants feed on the honeydew excreted by the aphids, and in exchange, they protect the aphids. Some ants take their jobs as aphid caretakers pretty seriously.
5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting a...
A tarantula can make a great pet, but it's not the pet for everyone. Please don't make an impulsive tarantula purchase at a pet store unless you understand your responsibilities as a tarantula owner. A tarantula is an animal, not a toy. Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before you get a pet tarantula.
10 Facts About Beetles
With over 350,000 species of beetles already described, the order Coleoptera is the largest insect group by far. How much do you know about these insects? Here are 10 fascinating facts about beetles.
How Do Ticks Get on You?
Learn the science behind how ticks sense and locate their hosts. Knowing how a tick gets on you can help you avoid them.
How Do Crickets Chirp?
The word cricket comes from the French for
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.
Sphinx Moths of the World
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.
How Do Insects Hear?
There are four types of auditory organs that insects can use to detect sounds. Learn what they are, and which insects have which types.
How to Identify Fire Ants
Wondering if you've got a fire ant problem? Learn how to identify fire ants before you reach for a pesticide unnecessarily.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Insect...
Insect poop, or frass, is pretty important stuff. It keeps ecosystems in balance, feeds insect young - even helps some bugs defend themselves.
10 Tips for Attracting Butterflies to Your...
Thinking of turning your yard into a butterfly habitat? Here are 10 tips to help you attract the most butterflies to your backyard.
Why Are Bed Bugs Making a Comeback?
Bed bugs are making headlines, as a rise in bed bug infestations hits cities and towns all over the world. Why are bed bugs making a comeback?
What Do Tarantulas Eat?
Tarantulas are carnivores. Here's more information on what they eat, and how they catch their prey.
10 Simple Questions to Help You Identify Any...
Have an unknown insect that you want to identify? Use these questions to collect information about your specimen, before you try to use a key or field guide.
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 to Manage Insects in Firewood
Firewood can harbor insects, from boring beetles to carpenter ants. Invasive insects transported in firewood can infest new areas, leading to the loss of thousands of trees. You can minimize insect problems by collecting and storing your firewood properly.
Does praying mantis sex end in cannibalism of...
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?
Which Caterpillar is Eating My Landscape Trees?
Caterpillars that defoliate trees in your home landscape can be reason for concern, and sometimes require control measures. Three well-known caterpillars – eastern tent caterpillars, gypsy moths, and fall webworm – are often misidentified by homeowners trying to solve defoliation problems.
Aphids
In moderate numbers, aphids don't do as much harm to garden plants as one might think. But once you start seeing sooty mold or curled leaves, it's time to act. Page 5.
How Can Ants Lift Objects 50 Times Their Body...
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?
How Do Grasshoppers Produce 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?
Would Cockroaches Survive a Nuclear Bomb?
Can cockroaches really survive a nuclear blast? You might be surprised.
Assassin Bugs, Family Reduviidae
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.
Characteristics: Order Collembola
This article describes the characteristics of the order Collembola, the springtails, and provides information on habitat, distribution, families, and species of interest.
10 Fascinating Facts About Dung Beetles
Dung beetles are some of the most fascinating critters on the planet. Learn how dung beetles navigate, care for their young, and cool off on hot summer days.
Can Woolly Worms Really Predict the Winter...
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?
How Do I Control Eastern Tent Caterpillars?
I have eastern tent caterpillars in my trees. Will they kill my trees? How do I get rid of them?
What Are Sawflies?
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?
How to Tell the Difference Between an Ant and a...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Are Florida Lovebugs?
If you drive through a swarm of Florida lovebugs, you'll know it. These insects are known as a nuisance along Florida roads. What are Florida lovebugs?
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.
Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
The black swallowtail, one of North America's most common butterflies, frequently visits backyard gardens. Nicknamed parsley worms, the caterpillars feed on parsley, dill, fennel, and other members of the carrot family. This article is a profile of the black swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes.
Honey Bees - Roles Within the Honey Bee Colony
Each member of a honey bee colony has a specific role. All contribute to the survival of the colony. Queen bees lay eggs, drones mate with the queen, and workers take care of the chores.
What To Do If You Encounter Killer Bees
Though your chance of being stung by killer bees is fairly small, you should know what to do if you encounter them. Here's what you should (and shouldn't) do if you disturb aggressive bees.
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?
Does the Song of Dog-Day Cicadas Predict the...
According to folk wisdom, the first song of the dog-day cicadas means the first frost is just six weeks away.
Habits and Traits of Butterflies and Moths,...
The characteristics of the order Lepidoptera, the butterflies and moths. Their scaly wings come in two pairs and are often quite colorful
Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
The honey bee, Apis mellifera, is one of several species of bees that produce honey. Honey bees live in colonies, or hives, of 50,000 bees on average. A honey bee colony consists of a queen, drones, and workers. All play roles in the survival of the community.
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.
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