The world's insect populations are plummeting everywhere we look
12 February 2019
Crashing numbers will have serious implications on our future.
Termites help protect rainforests from climate change
11 January 2019
The small but mighty insects buffer the forests against drought.
The rise and fall of the Inca Empire is recorded in llama poo
9 January 2019
The number of microorganisms linked with llama droppings gives clues about the Inca.
Over 270 new species discovered in 2018
27 December 2018
They include new dinosaurs, an ancient wombat and a giant shark.
Specimen stores and lights at night
12 December 2018
Find out what can happen when fieldwork doesn't go exactly as planned, and how to do a simple DIY science project at home.
Bee declines: is banning pesticides the solution?
29 November 2018
Experts argue that changing the way we use land could help bees even more.
Night life: how to spot insects in the dark
23 November 2018
What nocturnal insects will you find where you live?
The glimmering world of glow-worms
20 November 2018
Discover the bioluminescent beetles putting on night-time light shows in Britain.
Beautiful new species of swallowtail butterfly discovered on Fiji
2 November 2018
Scientists are still unsure where the species came from.
Why harlequin ladybirds are invading our homes
23 October 2018
In autumn they seek somewhere to hibernate.
Why Asian hornets are bad news for British bees
4 October 2018
A Museum expert explains how this invasive species could cause big problems for beekeepers in Britain.
What do wasps do?
2 October 2018
Wasps and humans may have a rocky relationship. But should these insects be revered rather than feared?
Is 2018 a bumper year for wasps?
24 August 2018
It's been a long, hot summer and now that August is drawing to a close, wasps are out in full force.
Are horsefly bites on the rise?
16 July 2018
As the weather warms up the UK is often swarmed with reports of biting horseflies. A Museum fly expert explains what is going on.
Dragonfly wings could inspire new aeroplane flight control
27 June 2018
Scientists are studying the way dragonflies fly in the hope of making small planes more stable and robust.
The brain worm that turns ants into zombies
5 June 2018
First for the first time, scientists have an image of what happens inside an ant's brain when it is infected with a parasitic worm.
Could scientists bring dinosaurs back to life?
30 May 2018
Is a mosquito trapped in amber really the way to bring dinosaurs back from the dead?
Why do some butterflies and moths have eyespots?
29 May 2018
Discover how some species effectively use their colourful wings to deter predators.
New beetle is named after London Pride beer
17 May 2018
A Brazilian beetle in the genus Metallactus has been named after an ale.
Flies are saving your chocolate cravings
14 May 2018
Bees' pollinating prowess often overshadows many of the insects working just as hard them.
Out of the woodwork: the great capricorn beetle
11 June 2018
Meet the beetles that were unexpectedly found in Cambridgeshire, despite having been extinct in Britain for thousands of years.
The sting of love
30 April 2018
Meet some of the animals whose search for a mate may actually be physically painful.
Sex, genes and boozy fruit: inside the life of a vinegar fly
20 April 2018
Dr Erica McAlister, a fly expert at the Museum, explains how these small animals are doing great things.
The incomparable tale of Evelyn Cheesman
29 March 2018
The adventures of a tenacious female explorer brought to life by comic artist Sammy Borras.
Scientist turns detective to identify mysterious moth
26 March 2018
The arrival of a tiny moth in the Wildlife Garden sparked a scientific search of London.
Malaysian insects digitised in international collaboration
23 March 2018
Malaysian dragonflies, beetles, grasshoppers and crickets are being digitised for research.
Lucy Evelyn Cheesman: the woman who walked
8 March 2018
Whether liaising with cannibals or escaping giant spider webs, Cheesman took the challenges of perilous fieldwork - and patriarchal views - in her stride.
The stag beetles with bolt-cutter jaws
1 February 2018
A fourth mandible variation has been identified in some species of Odontolabis stag beetles and it's been named 'Boltcutter'.
Killer bees: a deadly swarm
29 January 2018
Are killer bees really as dangerous as their name suggests?
Why does Rudolph have a red nose?
14 December 2017
Erica McAlister hints at why the beloved reindeer may have a bright red nose.
Grinch bugs: the heartless insects making a meal of Christmas
8 December 2017
Better watch out - these insects consider your seasonal decor their dinner.
Why do wasps build nests?
11 October 2017
Most social wasps aren't fussy when it comes to finding a spot to settle down.
New native British beetle found in ancient Scottish forests
28 September 2017
A chemist who collects insects as a pastime has spotted what generations of British entomologists have missed: a native British beetle, living in ancient Scottish pine forests.
New beetle for Britain is pear tree pest
25 September 2017
An invasive species of European beetle has been found preying on pear trees in Kent orchards.
The most painful wasp sting in the world explained
7 September 2017
Armed with one of the most painful stings on the planet, tarantula hawks are a spider's worst nightmare.
A year of British garden wildlife
21 July 2017
Join the team from BBC TV programme The British Garden: Life and Death on Your Lawn to uncover some of the hidden wildlife you could spot throughout the year.
Spotlight: the Madagascan moon moth
Living for a week at most, the Madagascan moon moth has a lot to accomplish in its short life.
Fly scans help crime-scene science sleuths
1 June 2017
A new approach to estimating the developmental stage of maggots turning into flies promises to help forensic entomologists with their criminal investigations.
Spotlight: the great eggfly
5 May 2017
A stunning species with a disturbing diet: meet the butterflies sipping on human sweat.
Dangerous beauties: the world's tiniest insects
21 February 2017
Magnified images reveal the beauty of these tiny wasps, but mask their gruesome nature.
Video reveals rapid changes in fly metamorphosis
25 January 2017
An X-ray film of a fly pupa undergoing metamorphosis has, for the first time, captured minute-by-minute details of the most dramatic part of the reorganisation process.
'Monstrous' wasps could reveal their species' secrets
9 December 2016
Scientists have identified three new species of parasitoid wasp - including two that previously lay undescribed in the Museum's collections.
Flies that use their eyes to fight for love - well, sex at least
28 October 2016
Dr Erica McAlister, one of the world's ultimate fly fans, introduces some of the strangest-looking flies around, and their equally bizarre behaviour.
New bee species breeding in Britain
17 October 2016
A bee species more commonly found in continental Europe has been spotted in Britain for the first time.
Can you spot the hidden animals that use cunning camouflage?
5 October 2016
Take a look at these photos and see whether millions of years of evolution will outwit you.
Rainbow nature: life in proud pink
3 October 2016
While we humans associate pink with romance, in the natural world it can be a warning or part of an elaborate disguise.
Spotlight: tiger longwing
14 July 2016
Newborn humans take years to become adults - but for butterflies, the miraculous process takes just a few weeks.
Beauty of the dual-gender butterfly
5 July 2016
A one-in-10,000 genetic sensation - discover the stunning split-sex butterflies.
Body snatchers: eaten alive by parasitic wasps
30 June 2016
Delve into the dark world of parasitic wasps and discover their grisly takeovers of living caterpillars.
Oldest insect camouflage behaviour revealed by fossils
28 June 2016
Rare insect fossils preserved in amber have revealed the camouflaging technique of carrying debris dates back more than 100 million years.
Rainbow nature: most colourful creatures
15 June 2016
Meet some of the brightest and boldest creatures in the animal kingdom, where colour is a matter of life and death.
Diamondback moths: an epic journey
9 June 2016
Miniscule moths are using the power of wind to soar over oceans and continents.
The tiniest moths in the world
9 February 2017
Discover the microscopic dimensions of the smallest moths on the planet.
Love is in the air: how butterflies date
12 May 2016
For most butterflies, finding a mate to share their short lives with is their most important mission.
Seven of the world's weirdest moths
17 March 2016
From moths eating their own mothers to carnivorous caterpillars on the rampage, the world of insects isn't always as it seems.
Miniature brain scans hold key to understanding bee behaviour
24 February 2016
Scientists have imaged the brains of bumblebees in unprecedented detail, revealing the regions linked to learning and memory.
New love bug found with heart-shaped leg
15 February 2016
A new group of beetles with a heart-shaped leg joint has been discovered in the Belize rainforest by Museum scientist Max Barclay.
Eat insects, save the world
28 September 2015
Insects aren't just an unusual accompaniment to wine - eating them could help sustain Earth's booming population.
Research into species traits could help save Europe's dying bees
23 September 2015
A team led by a Museum scientist has found that smaller bee species with shorter flight seasons are especially at risk in human-dominated areas.
Sneaky orchids manipulate bees for pollination
30 July 2015
Discover the flowers that go to extraordinary lengths to attract insect pollinators.
Amazonian artwork by pioneers of evolutionary theory now online
7 July 2015
Scientific artwork by Alfred Russel Wallace and Henry Walter Bates - two of the most important nineteenth-century biologists and natural history collectors - is available online for the first time.
Butterflies with bullet holes
23 June 2015
Find out why the first known specimen of Queen Alexandra's birdwing has bullet holes in its wings.
Sending moths confusing sex signals is saving Museum specimens
19 June 2015
Convincing male clothes moths to chase other males is reducing the Museum's pest population.
Birth of the blue morphos
13 April 2015
Witness the moment these delicate butterflies emerge from their chrysalises in a time-lapse video.
Lego tool helps scientists study delicate insect specimens
10 February 2015
A creative tool devised by Museum scientists will make it far easier, quicker and cheaper to compare fragile specimens.
Solving scientific problems with Lego
6 February 2015
Natural History Museum scientists have created a tool made from Lego to hold and manipulate delicate specimens such as tiny insects.
Borneo biodiversity count
8 January 2015
Join Museum scientists as they survey the incredible diversity of invertebrates living in the rainforests of Borneo.
Intricacies of insect evolution revealed
7 November 2014
Insects evolved at the same time as the earliest land plants around 480 million years ago and shaped Earth's early ecosystems.
Livingstone beetle specimens found after 150 years
19 September 2014
The only beetles collected by Dr David Livingstone have been discovered at the Museum 150 years after he brought them back from the Zambezi River expedition in Africa.
Flowering plants revolutionised life on Earth
8 August 2014
New evidence from primitive plants and beetles shows how the evolution of flowering plants caused a boom in land-based life.
Survey debunks myth of 'flying ant day'
23 July 2014
Warm humid weather means clouds of flying ants, probably several times this summer.
Jonathan Ross launches National Insect Week at the Museum
24 June 2014
A week of events celebrating insects begins in the Wildlife Garden.
How to identify a cockchafer May bug
24 May 2018
It has a hairy body, orange fan-like antennae and eats roots. Watch the video to find out more.
Invasion of the Asian hornet? Not yet!
14 May 2014
Vespa velutina is travelling through France, but has not yet been seen in the UK.
Tick danger: how to protect yourself from Lyme disease
25 April 2014
An increase in ticks in the UK means we need to be more aware of the health risk.
Bee-flies and false widow spiders confound public
16 April 2014
Spring flies that mimic bees make their annual appearance in our identification unit.
Earliest heart and blood discovered
7 April 2014
Exceptional preservation reveals a 520-million-year-old cardiovascular system.