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08.21.14 Sophie Weiner

Great news for spider lovers! Due to the increasing density of Australia’s cities, spiders on the continent known for upsetting and deadly wildlife are getting even BIGGER than they already are! Even more exciting, this same phenomenon could be affecting other populous cities. Yay. University of Sydney’s Elizabeth Lowe became interested in this phenomenon when […]

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05.07.14 Sophie Weiner

A new species of wasp discovered in Thailand in 2008 were finally given a name: Ampulex dementor, a tribute to J.K. Rowling’s Dementors, the most depressing monsters of all time. The wasps have been called “soul sucking,” as their preferred method of reproduction involves stinging a cockroach to place it in a “docile” state while […]

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11.25.13 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished piece. This week, Dublin-based artist Zoetica Ebb talks about her Alien Botany drawing series inspired by a Joris-Karl Huysmans’ 1884 novel À rebours, and her intensive visual catalog of bizarre plants and insects. Alien Botany is a series of concept drawings based around the idea of […]

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05.24.13 Andy Cush

Bad news for anyone who’s ever dealt with a roach-infested apartment: a group of scientists has discovered a strain of cockroaches that is no longer tolerant of glucose, the better to avoid our sugar-laced roach motels. According to a (thoroughly disgusting) BBC News video, the evolved bugs’ taste buds that would ordinarily respond to bitter […]

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11.02.12 Irina Dvalidze

Job Van Der Molen is a Dutch artists with an insect fascination who has decided to express that fascination in the most logical way possible — creating an entire infantry of armed bugs. Molen’s series titled Insect Army features prime “taxidermied” bugs equipped with miniature weaponry. Beetles with launch rockets, bumble bees with tanker heads, […]

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