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This Ancient Insect Is Preserved Inside an Iridescent Opal

The bug might have been trapped in amber that became “opalized” over millions of years.
Becky Ferreira
1.25.19
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The First-Ever Insect Vaccine Is Designed to Protect Bees from Devastating Diseases

The Queen eats the vaccine, and then passes on the immunization to further generations.
Bettina Makalintal
12.11.18
Motherboard

Climate Change May Practically Sterilize Male Insects

Male reproductive damage under heat wave conditions could be contributing to biodiversity declines in the Anthropocene.
Becky Ferreira
11.13.18
Munchies

The Art of Making, Selling, and Eating Insect Candies

"In the last few months, I've probably eaten thousands of earthworms."
Mayukh Sen
10.31.17
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This Freaky 100-Million-Year-Old Wasp Was Named for David Bowie

One day, you’re relaxing on a Cretaceous tree chillin’ with some dinos. The next day, you’re trapped in amber for 100 million years.
Becky Ferreira
6.23.17
Canada

This Caterpillar Infestation in Saskatchewan Is the Stuff of Nightmares

They’re wiggling, hairy, and stripey blue.
Emily Senger
6.10.16
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Why Dung Beetles Dance on Poop: They’re Mapping the Sky

Understanding how bugs navigate could help build better robots.
Kate Lunau
5.12.16
Art

Artist Uses Bees to Build Honeycomb Sculptures

Insects create world maps and weird geometries for Ren Ri's 'Yuansu Project' exhibition at Pearl Lam Gallery in Hong Kong.
Becky Chung
3.18.15
Motherboard Blog

Drunk Flies Can Learn, As Long As They Keep Drinking

You learn something new everyday—even if you’re a really drunk insect. In a new study out today in Current Biology, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin demonstrate that short-term alcohol consumption impairs learning, but that chronic...
Kelly Bourdet
11.29.12