Australian weaver ants building their nest by pulling on leaves and working in chains, in Northern Territory, Australia. The adult builders pull leaves together with their pincers then interweave them with silk threads produced by their larvae. They can build an entire nest in 24 hours. Photograph: Ingo Arndt
Staff at the US Geological Survey Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory in Maryland has been photographing bees and other insects for seven years to help record and identify different species. See more photographs.
Photographs: Sam Droege and the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
A new species of fairyfly, Tinkerbella nana, has been described by John T Huber of Natural Resources Canada and John S Noyes of London’s Natural History Museum. They named a new genus for the species after the fairy Tinker Bell from JM Barrie’s Peter Pan, while the specific epithet they chose is derived from the name of the children’s dog, Nana, in the same play.
Footage shows Edward Archbold, 32, eating live insects and worms during a cockroach-eating contest in Miami, Florida. Archbold won the competition, but he collapsed shortly afterwards and later died in hospital. The cause of his death has not been confirmed. None of the other contestants became ill