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How the male mantis keeps its head during rough sex

Paris - A male Springbok praying mantis looking for a hook up doesn't have to worry about a female stealing his heart away. There is, however, a very good change she'll bite his head off, and he knows it.

Soft robot designed so it can be folded and squashed

Scientists have designed a super-tough robotic insect that can be folded and squashed while still retaining full functionality.

New wasp species names in honor of David Bowie

Beijing - The 'star dust' wasp is a new extinct species, and it has named after David Bowie's alter ego in honor of the British singer's contribution to popular culture.

Is the smallest insect ever debate finally settled?

Moscow - After a long debate about the accuracy of measurements and the measurement method, the world’s smallest insect has finally been announced. And it is very, very tiny.

Vote for Britain’s best-loved insect

London - Insects are an ever-present part of the natural world. While some balk at creepy-crawlies, others like to watch the patterns and behaviors of the myriad of bugs outdoors. A new poll has been launched to find Britain’s favorite insect.

New way to forecast West Nile Virus outbreaks

A new study has correlated weather conditions and the incidences of West Nile virus disease in the U.S. This could lead to a new means for predicting outbreaks and tracking the spread of the disease.

Solano County reports first case of potentially deadly virus

Fairfield - Health officials in the San Francisco Bay Area county of Solano confirmed last week that a resident had contracted West Nile virus.

Dutch scientists flap to the future with 'insect' drone

Delft - Dutch scientists have developed the world's smallest autonomous flapping drone, a dragonfly-like beast with 3-D vision that could revolutionise our experience of everything from pop concerts to farming."This is the DelFly Explorer, the world's smallest...

World's first venomous crustacean identified

London - Scientists have shown that a cave-dwelling crustacean may use venom to immobilize and digest its prey. This creature is the first venomous crustacean to be identified.

RoboRoach, the making of a radio-controlled cockroach

Scientists have developed a kit called RoboRoach, a behavior-controlling cockroach backpack run by a Kickstarter-funded company.

New species of beetle discovered

Manila - Biology students, studying in Manila, have discovered a new species of beetle. The discovery was, ironically, made in their own city.

Harvard robotic insects make first controlled flight

Aerial drones aren't a new concept, but in fact has been researched and developed for quite some time. While they are becoming smaller and smaller, the roboticists over at University of Harvard developed the smallest aerial drone so far.

Chagas disease vaccine could be close

Scientists appear to be getting closer to a Chagas disease vaccine. Chagas disease causes fever, fatigue, body aches, headache, rash, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting. Currently there is no vaccine available.

Man dies following insect eating contest

State officials in Florida have reported that a man has died following an insect eating competition. The man consumed dozens of live worms and insects, including cockroaches.

Video: Ball girl removes bug from court at Australian Open

Melbourne - A ball girl at the Australian Open had her fifteen minutes of fame when cameras caught her amusing reaction to being called upon to remove a cricket from the court during a close match.

Killer spices to replace pesticides?

In an era that everyone talks about green, the mass use of chemical-based pesticides obviously is outdated. Now, scientists say they have found a green alternative.

Scientist discovers an extinct insect on eBay

A scientist saw a curious item on eBay and decided to purchase it for £20 ($37.51). It ended up being an extinct insect encased in amber.

Mystery Insect Found: Experts Puzzled

An insect, not seen in the UK before, has been discovered living in the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Garden. Experts are baffled.

Blue-Eyed Cicada: One In A Million Out of the Blue

Little Nicholas Wagner has made an amazing discovery. He found a blue-eyed cicada in his own backyard. Would Columbus have been proud to have this child along on his voyages of discovery? No one can say for sure, but read this unusual tale anyway.

Mini Helicopter masters Insect Navigation trick

Mini Helicopter mimics insect behavior to fly and land via optical flow feedback mechanism

Robotic Insects.

If you feel something crawling on your neck, it might be a wasp or a bee. Or it might be something much more dangerous.

Glasswing Butterfly aka Invisible Butterfly

Glasswing Butterfly (Greta Oto) is a brush-footed butterfly where its wings are transparent.

Global Warming Could Trigger Insect Population Boom

A rise in the Earth’s temperature could lead to an increase in the number of insects worldwide, with potentially dire consequences for humans.

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 Praying mantis  (member of Order Mantodea)
"Praying mantis" (member of Order Mantodea)
A spider in a web  from an English garden.
A spider in a web, from an English garden.
Chrysopa sp (lacewing)  very similar to one of the new species
Chrysopa sp (lacewing), very similar to one of the new species
JJ Harrison
A giant bee presides over an area dedicated to real bees. The Eden Project collects and sells some t...
A giant bee presides over an area dedicated to real bees. The Eden Project collects and sells some tasty honey.
A scorption
A scorption
Doug Letterman (CC BY 2.0)
A bee in a rose.
A bee in a rose.
Tribolium castaneum  or red flour beetle.
Tribolium castaneum, or red flour beetle.
Wikipedia/Eric Day, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va
The tick Amblyomma americanum (Lone Star tick)
The tick Amblyomma americanum (Lone Star tick)
CDC Photo Credit: James Gathany
Hoverflies  sometimes called flower flies  sweat bees or syrphid flies  make up the insect family Sy...
Hoverflies, sometimes called flower flies, sweat bees or syrphid flies, make up the insect family Syrphidae.
Thomas Bresson
A Mirid bug on a flower.
A Mirid bug on a flower.

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