Cool Bugs #11: Atta Girl, The Game

Leafcutter ants in the genus Atta make a great subject for a fun homemade board game.

Cool bugs #10 – Fruit fly parasites

Leptopilina is a genus of parasitic wasps which eat fruit fly larvae from the inside out.

Insect Jazz

My jazz arrangement of the Coltrane standard "Inchworm."

Cool Bugs #9 – Acacia ants

Acacias and acacia ants are one of the best examples of plant-animal coevolution that you can find.

Cool Bugs #8 – Carnivorous Hawaiian caterpillars

Hawaiian carnivorous caterpillars are the only known sit-and-wait predatory caterpillars.

Cool Bugs #7 – Pipevine swallowtail

The pipevine swallowtail is aposematic: it incorporates noxious compounds from its host plant and uses them and its black and red coloring to deter predators.

Cool Bugs #6 – Trap-jaw ants

Trap-jaw ants (genus Odontomachus) use their jaws for more than springing a trap on prey.

Cool Bugs #5 – Belostomatidae

Giant water bugs have a trait that is rare in insects, let alone any other animals: the father takes care of the young.

Cool Bugs #4 – Diachasmimorpha juglandis

This fly parasitoid engages in fights to the death within the body of a living maggot.

Cool Bugs #3 – Fly wasp mimics

A host of different fly species do their best to pretend that they are wasps.

Cool Bugs #2 – Rhagoletis juglandis

Arizona walnut flies (Rhagoletis juglandis) have interesting mating dynamics.

Cool Bugs #1 – Myrmecocystus mexicanus

Honey pot ants are very cool, for a lot of reasons.