Check out the amazing acrobatic skills of a jumping praying mantis

When a young praying mantis leaps into the air, it can reach its target in literally a blink of an eye (less than a tenth of a second). Speed aside, the mechanics of a praying mantis jump is what makes it special: three different body parts rotate in different directions and different combinations in an incredibly… » 3/05/15 11:05pm 3/05/15 11:05pm

Video: The dangerous life of being an ant in this human world

Being an ant is hard. Being an ant around humans is even harder. Being an ant around humans who are skating on a skateboard in a skateboard is pretty much impossible. This video uses CGI to imagine the struggle of an ant at the park and pretty much everything is either an obstacle or a giant monster trying to smash… » 2/04/15 10:46pm 2/04/15 10:46pm

This mantis eating a fly alive is so damn gross but I watched it all

[To the Rolling Stones' I Miss You] Look that mantis eat a fly/ You'll never she her cry/ Lord I hate you. Mother Nature she's the Ma'am/ She just doesn't give a damn/ She will kill you. » 10/10/14 11:53pm 10/10/14 11:53pm

Seeing an ant drink water from up close is pretty fascinating

I don't know why I'm so mesmerized. Maybe because the ant looks positively alien from up close. Or maybe because I wish I could suck out and deflate the water I drink like a balloon letting out air instead of having to pour it in me like fuel. Whatever it is, it sure makes for a nice GIF. » 9/25/14 10:38pm 9/25/14 10:38pm

Watch ants work together beautifully to bring food home

It's always incredible to see ants work as a team by stringing their bodies together like a rope to pull something much heavier back home. It looks a lot like what us humans would do when we're trying to move something big. Ants, they're just like us! » 8/29/14 8:48pm 8/29/14 8:48pm

This gross glob is actually thousands of larvae swarming together

What's more gross than a fungus gnat larva? Thousands of fungus gnat larva swarming together to look like a giant blob snake. From afar, it just looks like a rotten log or snake trying to slide by on the sidewalk but when you get up close, the horror, the horror. » 8/28/14 11:51pm 8/28/14 11:51pm

These scorpions are probably hiding in your bookcase

If you have old vintage books, you may have some book scorpions in your bookcase. Actually, you really should want to have them, even if they look scary and gross. Book scorpions protect your old books—they love to munch on the book lice that eat the glue which holds old books together. » 7/10/14 2:06pm 7/10/14 2:06pm

Drawing lines with a pen can magically control bugs

I've always wondered what some bugs are actually aware of. Can they see what's happening above them? Do they realize when we're screwing with them? Or can they only make 2D decisions in a 3D world? Like this guy shepherding a bug on a piece of paper by just drawing lines with a pen. The bug sees obstacles pop out of… » 7/07/14 11:07pm 7/07/14 11:07pm

This video explainer makes a very convincing argument to eat bugs

Before I watched this video by the whip smart guys at AsapScience, I never considered eating bugs in my entire life. Now? Well. Damn. It actually makes a lot of sense. Raising bugs doesn't take nearly as much space as raising animals and it doesn't require the same amount of resources either. Heck, bugs may even be… » 6/24/14 11:12pm 6/24/14 11:12pm

Oh god, this giant fused hornet's nest looks like it swallowed a human

When you let bugs run wild inside a shed for years, you never know what you're gonna get. Like this hornet's nest that fused together with a wooden statue to look like a sand creature swallowing a trapped human head. It's haunting. » 4/25/14 7:20pm 4/25/14 7:20pm

Bug trapped upside down does hypnotic workout forever

Is this bug a workout warrior who's doing some insane six legged bench press? Or is he a dumb little critter who think he's walking normally and doesn't realize he's trapped upside down? Whatever he's doing, it's hypnotic. And it goes on forever. And ever. And ever. Like three hours forever. » 4/23/14 10:06pm 4/23/14 10:06pm

This time lapse of fireflies is art in motion

If you've been stressing out or if you're getting swamped at work or if you're feeling a little overwhelmed, here's how you fix it: by watching this lovely time lapse of fireflies by Vincent Brady. Just put it on full screen, zone out and watch fireflies (or lightning bugs if that's what you call them) paint the world… » 3/26/14 10:20pm 3/26/14 10:20pm

Staring at these spiders straight in the eyes is sucking my soul away

I can't do it. These photographs by photographer Jimmy Kong are absolutely fantastic in capturing the venomous detail of spiders in their habitat. They look positively alien and almost peaceful. But don't you dare think that. Not for a second. Because once you think these fur ball mini aliens come in peace, the… » 1/23/14 4:52pm 1/23/14 4:52pm

This pretty pink flower is actually a mantis that strangles bugs

Be careful when you go around smelling flowers now, you never know when that pretty pink thing is actually a mantis looking to strangle your nostrils to death. Like this Orchid Mantis. It looks like a perfect pink orchid but is actually a mantis in disguise that strangles the hell out of its prey. » 12/26/13 7:30pm 12/26/13 7:30pm

Scientists finally solve the mystery of these rainforest structures

A few months ago, eye-grabbing images of tiny web-like structures baffled etymologists everywhere because they had no idea who made them. However, Wired recently followed a team of scientists down to the Amazonian rainforest, and the mystery is finally solved. Sort of. » 12/20/13 12:39pm 12/20/13 12:39pm

Ants can incredibly flow like liquid or bunch together into a solid

The New York Times has a great little short about ants, specifically their ability to both flow like a liquid and become a solid ball. It's kind of gross but also pretty awesome in how twisted the duality is. Look at it above. On the left, it's a thick, syrupy liquid. On the right, it's a tight rubber ball. » 12/19/13 8:39pm 12/19/13 8:39pm

Pouring hot aluminum into an ant hill reveals its secret hidden beauty

Though probably insensitive to the fire ants who called this ant hill home, pouring molten aluminum into the ant hill reveals the intricate labyrinth of tunnels and passageways hidden underneath the ground. It's incredible and beautiful and almost looks like a Christmas tree. » 12/12/13 2:42pm 12/12/13 2:42pm

This amazing fruit fly evolved to have pictures of ants on its wings

This is unbelievable, but the fruit fly G tridens has somehow evolved to have what looks like pictures of ants on its wings. Seriously, its transparent wings have an ant design on them complete with "six legs, two antennae, a head, thorax and tapered abdomen." It's nature's evolutionary art painted on a fly's wings. » 11/08/13 9:05pm 11/08/13 9:05pm