Tag: National Geographic

Photos: Dr. Sanford Porter, USDA-ARS

Fire Ants Create Living Raft to Survive Flooding

October 7, 2015 By
When threatened with eradication from flooding, this colony of fire ants banded together to make a dangerous swim to safety. But not metaphorically. No, these tenacious insects literally joined together to create a living raft, as seen in a video... Read more»
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So Called ‘Snake House’ Freak Occurrence, Experts Say

June 10, 2015 By
Did you hear about the Maryland family who moved into their dream home only to discover it was infested with black rat snakes? If you missed it, proceed to Pest Management Professional’s Facebook page. If you’re familiar with the unfortunate family’s experience,... Read more»
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Word on the Web: Termites

July 14, 2014 By
Insect-inspired robots can build unsupervised Termites can build mounds without central guidance or direct communication. Inspired by the intriguing insects, researchers at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed robots that can build with similar autonomy. Check... Read more»
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Did You Know? Spiders

July 11, 2014 By
Spider webs are stringed instruments. The silk can vibrate at a wide range of frequencies and, when plucked, give spiders vital information about the state of their webs. As a spider plucks and pulls on its web, sending out ripples... Read more»
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believe it or not: Stinging Insects

December 10, 2013 By
The world’s biggest hornet is wreaking havoc in northwestern China where 42 people have died after being swarmed and stung. More than 1,600 others have been injured from stings since the outbreak began in July. The Asian giant hornet (Vespa... Read more»
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did you know? Spiders

December 10, 2013 By
The world’s largest known spider (it holds the Guinness World Record) is a male goliath bird-eating spider (Theraphosa blondi) collected by members of the Pablo San Martin Expedition at Rio Cavro, Venezuela in April 1965. It had a record leg-span... Read more»
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