We’ll All Eat Grasshoppers—Once We Know How to Raise Them

We’ll All Eat Grasshoppers—Once We Know How to Raise Them

The ick factor isn’t the only thing keeping grasshoppers from being a viable food in North America. The real problem is learning to farm them.

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Backpack Turns a Beetle Into a Remote-Controlled Cyborg

Backpack Turns a Beetle Into a Remote-Controlled Cyborg

Watch researchers steer a flying beetle using a remote control.

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Caterpillars from China’s Rain Forest

Caterpillars from China’s Rain Forest

China has a rainforest with very cool caterpillars.

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Insect Extravaganza! Poo-Eating Beetles, Transparent Butterflies, and More

Insect Extravaganza! Poo-Eating Beetles, Transparent Butterflies, and More

Earth is a planet of insects, the most successful creatures by far (if you want to get technical, though, Earth is really more a planet of bacteria, but they’re not animals and they’re hard to photograph, so whatever). The beetles alone make up one in four animal species on this planet. That’s not a typo. Bugs own the place.

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The Creature Feature: 10 Fun Facts About the Armoured Bush Cricket

The Creature Feature: 10 Fun Facts About the Armoured Bush Cricket

Armoured bush crickets are meaty delights that make good a snack for many different predators. But, they possess a remarkable array of defensive measures including vomit, spikes, and squirting blood from seams in their exoskeletons.

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Lustful Leafhoppers Locate Each Other Through Good Vibrations

Lustful Leafhoppers Locate Each Other Through Good Vibrations

It can be hard to find a mate when you’re less than 5 mm long. Luckily, leafhoppers can pick up on each other’s vibes. The first step in mating is identifying and finding a partner. Nearctic leafhoppers (Scaphoideus titanus) do this through vibrations. They communicate by sending out vibrations, which are carried by the plants […]

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