Life sciences writer Susan Milius has been writing about botany, zoology and ecology for Science News since the last millennium. She worked at diverse publications before breaking into science writing and editing. After stints on the staffs of The Scientist, Science, International Wildlife and United Press International, she joined Science News. Three of Susan's articles have been selected to appear in editions of The Best American Science Writing.

All Stories by Susan Milius

  1. jumping spider with babies

    A jumping spider mom nurses her brood for weeks on milk

    Even after spiderlings start hunting for themselves, they come to mom for milk.

  2. mosquito

    Mosquitoes may surf winds above Africa more than we realized

    More than 40 meters up, balloon traps in Mali caught females of malaria-spreading mosquito species.

  3. soprano Cristin Colvin performing

    How locust ecology inspired an opera

    When an entomologist decides to write a libretto, you get an operatic elegy to locusts.

  4. male flowers and bees

    Hemp fields offer a late-season pollen source for stressed bees

    Colorado’s legal fields of low-THC cannabis can attract a lot of bees.

  5. spoonbill sandpipers

    Climate change may have made the Arctic deadlier for baby shorebirds

    What were once relatively safe havens in the Arctic are now feasting sites for predators of baby birds.

  6. cockroach

    How roaches fight off wasps that turn their victims into zombies

    Cockroaches kick attacking emerald jewel wasps to avoid being incapacitated and buried alive as living meat for the wasps’ young.

  7. adult coral

    Coral larvae survive being frozen and thawed for the first time

    Cryopreservation might help save some coral reefs at risk from climate change and other dangers.

  8. burying beetles

    In cadaver caves, baby beetles grow better with parental goo

    A dead mouse — with the right microbial treatment from beetle parents — becomes a much better nursery than your average carcass.

  9. Pallas's long-tongued bat hovering

    How nectar bats fly nowhere

    Exquisitely sensitive tech makes first direct measurements of the forces of bat wingbeats.

  10. honeybee

    What bees did during the Great American Eclipse

    A rare study of bees during a total solar eclipse finds that the insects buzzed around as usual — until totality.

  11. red-bellied lemur

    Lemur study suggests why some fruits smell so fruity

    A new test with lemurs and birds suggests there’s more to fruit odors than simple ripening.

  12. feral cat

    Feral cats appear to be pathetic at controlling New York City’s rats

    When cats are on the prowl, rats may become harder to see, but roaming cats actually killed only a few.