Green when young, and about the size of an adult human's hand when full-grown, Dryococelus australis is more commonly known as the Lord Howe Island stick insect, or the tree lobster. Courtesy of Rohan Cleave/Melbourne Zoo hide caption

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Love Giant Insects? Meet The Tree Lobster, Back From The Brink

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Male treehoppers make their abdomens thrum like tuning forks to transmit very particular vibrating signals that travel down their legs and along leaf stems to other bugs — male and female. Courtesy of Robert Oelman hide caption

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Good Vibrations Key To Insect Communication

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The tarantula hawk, undoubtedly eyeing its next hapless eight-legged prey. Fred Holley/Flickr hide caption

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For This Tarantula-Killing Wasp, Dinner's A Meal Best Served Living

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Brooke Borel says bedbugs were essentially wiped out after World War II thanks to DDT. It's not totally clear why they came back in the past couple of decades. iStockphoto hide caption

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The Creepy, Crawly World Of Bedbugs And How They Have 'Infested' Homes

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N. gardneri mushrooms grow at the base of young babassu palms in Brazil. A bland tan by day, the fungi emit an eerie green light by night. Michele P. Verderane/IP-USP hide caption

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Why Some Mushrooms Glow In The Dark

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A scorpion fly perches on a leaf at the research farm where Lindgren studied the decomposition of human remains. Scorpion flies are among the first insects to visit a corpse. Courtesy of Natalie Lindgren hide caption

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Unless there's a serious pileup, ants in traffic tend to bypass a collision and just keep going. A physicist has found a way to model this behavior with a mathematical equation. iStockphoto hide caption

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Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than You Do

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An earlier spring in Montana's Glacier National Park means full waterfalls at first — but much drier summers. Robert Glusic/Corbis hide caption

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There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

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Made for a tight grip: The female penis of an insect species newly discovered in Brazil has spines on it. Courtesy of Current Biology, Yoshizawa et al. hide caption

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Gordon recommends dusting the deep-fried tarantula spider with smoked paprika. Chugrad McAndrews/Reprinted with permission from The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook hide caption

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Cooking With Cicadas: No Weirder Than Eating Cheese?

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A vendor sells edible insects at Talad Thai market on the outskirts of Bangkok. The most popular method of preparation is to deep-fry crickets in oil and then sprinkle them with lemongrass slivers and chilis. NARONG SANGNAK/EPA /Landov hide caption

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An Israeli Orthodox Jewish man mimics putting a locust into a boy's mouth, during an event meant to highlight locusts as a kosher treat, at a restaurant in Jerusalem in 2010. Olivier Fittussi/AP hide caption

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NPR's Jerusalem correspondent, Larry Abramson, discusses the swarm

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Students prepare mealworm quiches at the Rijn IJssel school for chefs in Wageningen, Netherlands. JERRY LAMPEN/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Time For A 'Bug Mac'? The Dutch Aim To Make Insects More Palatable

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