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Nearly 9 out of 10 flying insects in hospitals carry potentially harmful bacteria, a new study finds

British researchers tested over 20,000 flying insects found in seven hospitals and found that almost 9 out of 10 carry potentially harmful bacteria.
41% of global insect species are at risk, a new study finds.

Last year, 40% of honey-bee colonies in the US died. But bees aren’t the only insects disappearing in unprecedented numbers.

In 2018, 40% of US honey-bee colonies perished. They're just one victim of the sixth mass extinction — 40% of the world's insects are in decline.
A skeleton of a fish lies forgotten on the dry bed of Lake Penuelas outside Santiago, Chile.

18 signs we’re in the middle of a 6th mass extinction

Earth is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction due to climate change and human-driven habitat destruction.
Gourmet Grubb sells ice cream created with EntoMilk, a dairy alternative made from black soldier fly larvae.

Insect milk ice cream exists, and it apparently tastes ‘really good’

Gourmet Grubb sells ice cream made from black soldier fly larvae, and it's far from the only bug-based food product on the market.
"Kissing bugs" can be identified by their cone-shaped heads.

A parasitic illness from ‘kissing bugs’ that bite your face at night is spreading — here’s how to tell those insects apart fro...

"Kissing bugs" that bite people's faces can pass along a parasitic disease. They a lot like stink bugs, but there are a few key differences.
Insects are surprisingly nutritious.

3 surprising reasons you should add bugs to your diet

Insects are surprisingly nutritious and they're much more environmentally friendly to farm than pigs or cattle.
Lifesum is encouraging users to eat more bugs.

People are logging how many insects they eat on a huge food tracking app, and users are experimenting with a grasshopper taco recipe

Lifesum collaborated with North America's biggest insect farm Entomo Farms to build the function.
There are venomous spines hidden in this caterpillar's woolly coat.

A 5-year-old girl went to the hospital after she was stung by ‘the most poisonous caterpillar in the US’

A mother says her 5-year-old was stung by a Southern Flannel Moth caterpillar (also known as the puss or asp caterpillar) while at daycare, resulting in a brief hospitalization. The caterpillar's stings are known to be deeply painful and may cause symptoms like headache, fever, and nausea.

A government-funded research project using insects to genetically modify crops could trigger a ‘biological arms race,’ scientists warn

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to genetically modify crops using virus-carrying insects. Darpa says this would protect crops from droughts, floods, and frost. Some scientists and lawyers, however, say the Insect Allies program could be engineered to kill plants instead.
A species of Triatomine bugs that can spread Chagas disease.

A dangerous parasitic illness spread by bugs that bite people’s faces at night is spreading in the US, doctors warn

Bloodsucking "kissing bugs," or triatomine bugs, spread a parasitic illness called Chagas disease. Researchers have described Chagas as a "silent killer," since many people don't necessarily show signs of infection. It causes serious heart complications in about 30% of patients.