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Getting Stung for Science in the Rain Forest

Today I was stung by a livid South American wasp for the 70th time. But it’ll all be worth it if I can learn what drives the startling social relationships of these amazing insects.

Hair Bands and Giant Trousers: A Lesson in How Little I Know About Bees

Earlier this year iLCP Fellow Clay Bolt embarked on an adventure to meet, document and ultimately tell the stories of as many of North America’s approximately 4,000 species of native bees as possible. In this article he shares their beauty, the challenges they face and shares what he has learned along the way to help us all learn more about what we can do to protect these precious insects.

Beyond Bees: 4 Surprising Facts About Pollination

In honor of National Pollinator Week, we delve into the strange, colorful world of the creatures that keep our planet blooming.

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Half-Colored Cardinal Explained

How does a bird get split into two colors? What happens to a wasp on your windshield? We answer your questions on winged wonders in this week’s column.

Wasp Bores Into Fruit With Metallic “Drill Bit”

The female fig wasp has a built-in power tool: An appendage that’s thinner than a human hair and tipped with zinc, a new study reveals.

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Insect Edition: Wings & Stings

Whether they’re singing, stinging, or splattering your windshield, insects are back for the summer season. Maybe that’s why readers wanted the buzz on bugs in this week’s Ask Your Weird Animal Questions. We’ll start with this gnawing question: What insect has the worst bite? —Doug Rhodehamel via Facebook The person to ask is Justin Schmidt,…

New Parasitic Wasp Rides on Bigger Bug (Video)

Talk about a helicopter parent—a newfound species of wasp rides on the back of a bigger flying insect to help its offspring, a new study says.

Plant’s “Call for Help” Brings Enemies, Too

When a caterpillar munches on a plant, its ‘call for help’ actually brings more guests to the table than expected, a new study says.