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Wasps Are Our Friends: Part II

Wasps Are Our Friends: Part II

The second in our series promoting the breadth and value of wasps features the gorgeous Orasema, a tiny metallic wasp that lives in ant nests.

June 13, 2014 — Alex Wild
The Attack of the Giant Water Bug

The Attack of the Giant Water Bug

In the creeks and ponds of the world — including America — lives an insect that can reach four inches long and bears a pair of giant pincers and a beak for injective digestive enzymes into its victim.

August 27, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

Cosmic Karma: Mosquitoes Have Flying, Blood-Sucking Parasites of Their Own

The biting midge Culicoides (Trithecoides) anophelis Edwards is a predator of engorged mosquitoes, which was first described by Edwards in 1922 [1].At least 19 mosquito species in the genera Anopheles, Culex, Aedes and Armigeres have been documented as hosts of C.

October 6, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer

How To Pick A Photoshopped Firefly

Now that firefly season is sparking up our eastern and midwestern summer evenings, I am starting to see not just the insects themselves but the attendant media buzz.

June 28, 2014 — Alex Wild

Wasps Are Our Friends: Part III

You might think an insect with an extra pointy derriere would pack a fearsome sting, but you’d be wrong. The extended rear appendage of the crown-of-thorns wasp is not a stinger but an egg-laying organ, the ovipositor, used to reach beetle grubs chewing through the wood below.

June 23, 2014 — Alex Wild

A Short Safari In A Small Oak Tree

Imagine a safari in your neighborhood. Instead of a few days hauling luggage through international airports, though, picture a leisurely five minute stroll from the front door.

June 3, 2014 — Alex Wild
13 Horrifying Ways to Die (If You’re an Arthropod)

13 Horrifying Ways to Die (If You’re an Arthropod)

Scared of insects, spiders, and other leggy arthropods? It could be worse. You could be one of them. At that size you face an array of dangers unlike anything you know from your comfortably large human existence.

October 31, 2013 — Alex Wild
These are a few of my favorite stings…

These are a few of my favorite stings…

Since I photograph insects for a living, people frequently ask how often I get stung. The answer is, probably not as much as you’d think.

September 18, 2013 — Alex Wild