When a mosquito lands and your arm and starts taking a drink, it’s not just an unhappy accident. Mosquitoes use an array of chemical neuroreceptors to track down their next blood meal. Now, researchers have identified a key receptor that detects the lactic acid in human sweat, a finding that could eventually help people avoid becoming fast food for the insects. Continue reading Mosquitoes Can Smell Your Sweat
There’s never a bad time to visit a national park—it’s an unforgettable experience, even during the winter. But from the end of May through the very beginning of June, you can see something incredible unfold at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: a firefly mating ritual. For two weeks, thousands of Synchronous fireflies descend on a special area of the park near Elkmont to put on quite the synchronized light show.
We ate some weird shit in 2016. A person born in the year 1000 AD definitely wouldn’t comprehend a Dorito. He certainly wouldn’t understand why kids love the taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and if you showed him a Twinkie, he’d probably burn you at the stake. But the way things are headed, our food is bound to get a lot weirder.
Meet the Lichen Katydid, an insect that has such impressive camouflage skills that it can hide in plain sight when walking on a lichen (a plant-like composite organism of an alga and a fungus). The bug’s body matches the wisps of the lichen so damn well that you’re not even sure which part belongs to which.
Mosquitos are little bastards that do more killing, spread more disease, and cause more annoyance than any other creature on Earth. That’s because they have a really sophisticated system for biting us to suck our blood. But exactly how they bite might surprise you.
Does it come as any surprise that a portrait photographer’s hobby would still be photography? Given that Levon Biss didn’t have room for an entire portrait studio at home, he turned to shooting insects in his spare time. But his macro setup, and skills have resulted in some of the most spectacular insect portraits you’ll ever see.
In today’s news related to “my worst, most unlikely fears come true,” a woman was driving in Syracuse when she felt a spider on her shoulder, jumped out of the car to avoid it, and caused a potentially horrible crash.