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Milking a Black Widow Looks Just As Crazy As It Sounds

By Casey Chan on at

Paul Lazarro has one of the weirdest gigs I've ever heard of: he milks black widow spiders for their silk. Yeap! The venomous, red dotted, eight-legged, creature killing black widow is knocked out and then handled for its super strong silk. All in the name of dangerous research.

You Can Literally Scare a Dragonfly to Death

By Casey Chan on at

I used to be scared of dragonflies—they were big and buzzy and always zippin' their damn wings. Plus, the dragon part of their name was intimidating! Turns out though, dragonflies are really just a bunch of wussies. They can be scared to death.

Parasite Creates Wasp Zombie Queen

By Roberto Baldwin on at

Wasps, like most insects have clear roles for each member of the colony. Basically, everybody makes sure the queen is doing OK making babies. Everything works like clockwork until a Svengali-like fly larva takes over a wasp and makes it do its bidding.