Image of the Day: Turtle Ant Soldiers
Image of the Day: Turtle Ant Soldiers
Big heads come in handy when the social insects are tasked with defending their nest.
Image of the Day: Turtle Ant Soldiers
Image of the Day: Turtle Ant Soldiers

Big heads come in handy when the social insects are tasked with defending their nest.

Big heads come in handy when the social insects are tasked with defending their nest.

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Image of the Day: Aphid Nurses
Image of the Day: Aphid Nurses
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 16, 2019
To their own detriment, aphid nymphs release body fluids that clot up a plant’s wound caused by insects predating on the gall where the colony lives.
Image of the Day: Light Show
Image of the Day: Light Show
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 7, 2019
Sea fireflies spew a mucus with a chemical glow to lure mates and avoid being eaten.
War Dance of the Honeybee
War Dance of the Honeybee
Karl Gruber | Jan 31, 2018
One species has developed a novel waggle to warn about invading wasps.
Australian Magpie-Lark Duet
Australian Magpie-Lark Duet
The Scientist Staff | Nov 30, 2017
The birds sing together to help defend their territory.
A New Species of Gecko Defensively Sheds Its Scales
A New Species of Gecko Defensively Sheds Its Scales
Diana Kwon | Feb 8, 2017
Geckolepis megalepis escapes its predators by rapidly detaching its fish-like scales.
Butterflies Weaponize Milkweed Toxins
Butterflies Weaponize Milkweed Toxins
Geoffrey Giller | Nov 4, 2015
Monarch and queen caterpillars store toxic compounds from their milkweed diet to ward off predators into adulthood, a new study suggests.
Opinion: Biodefense Innovation Needed
Opinion: Biodefense Innovation Needed
Joe Lieberman and Tom Ridge | Oct 27, 2015
To protect against biological threats, federal agencies and other key stakeholders should commit to a strategic, unified approach.
Beetle Bomb
Beetle Bomb
Jenny Rood | May 1, 2015
High-speed X-ray video reveals how bombardier beetles control their toxic sprays.
Distracting Tails
Distracting Tails
Jenny Rood | Feb 17, 2015
Luna moths use their long tails to throw bats off their trail.