1997: Bugs Bunny gets a stamp – He's not a bug. He's a rabbit. But Bugs Bunny got his own stamp in 1997. Some stamp collectors gave the U.S. Postal Service an earful, saying they thought the famous cartoon character was undeserving of a stamp.
1998: New Beetles crawl onto sales floors – Volkswagen released its "New Beetle" car in 1998, much to the fascination of the swarming media at an auto show in Detroit, Michigan. That same year, a movie rivalry popped up between two insect-filled films: "A Bug's Life" and "Antz."
1999: Flea keeps on ticking – Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, whose real name is Michael Balzary, performs nude at Woodstock '99, a summer musical held in Rome, New York, as a tribute to its 1969 namesake.
2000: Computers dodge Y2K bug – Doomsday scenarios started popping up before the new millennium. There was a lot of concern that computer programs would mistake dates formatted "00" for 1900 instead of 2000. This was referred to as the Y2K bug, which caused more than a few headaches for tech workers of the late 1990s. Left: A Y2K bug plush toy purchased in 1999. Right: An IBM saleswoman demonstrates a Y2K-compliant computer program in Manila, Philippines, in 1999.
2001: Losing a Beatle – The Beatles are perhaps the most famous insect-named band of all time -- well that, and the most famous band of all time. Left to right in the foreground is George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon, while drummer Ringo Star keeps the beat in the back. George Harrison died in November 2001.
2002: 'Spider-Man' gets a movie – The first "Spider-Man" movie of the Tobey Maguire era came out in 2002. The Charlotte Hornets were also dissolved that year.
2003: West Nile Virus – The deadly West Nile Virus came to prominence in the early 2000s, as outbreaks popped up in several states. The culex tarsalis female mosquito shown in the photo was caught in a trap to be tested at the Arizona Department of Health Services laboratory in August 2004 in Phoenix, Arizona.
2004: Roller-coaster year for Buzz – 2004 was an exciting year for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball team. They reached the NCAA Championships that year, only to fall to University of Connecticut's Huskies. Georgia Tech's mascot, Buzz, is always a hit with fans. This photo shows Buzz looking on helplessly at the football team's loss to the Virginia Cavaliers in 2004.
2005: 'Firefly' glows on marquee – Shown here is the September 2005 premiere of "Serenity" at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California. The film was based upon the much-beloved "Firefly" series, which is often labeled a "space western" for its incorporation of elements from science fiction and Western genres. It received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series in 2003. The series first launched in 2002, but lasted only a short time.
2006: 'Ant Bully' hits theaters – "The Ant Bully" was another animated film about bugs that came out in the 2000s. Dame Kelly Holmes is shown here attending the London premiere. This is the same year that the band Cicada released their self-titled album, which includes a song called "Cicadas." The song features -- you guessed it -- cicada sounds.
2007: Wait, there's 'Bee Movie' – Jerry Seinfeld appears with a giant, costumed bee for a premiere of his film "Bee Movie" in November 2007 in Brussels, Belgium.
2008: Dude looks like a butterfly – U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps looks like a butterfly at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He's shown here swimming a 200-meter event, a distance for which he achieved a silver medal. He earned a gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly.
2009: Robotic bugs! – The Hexbug line of bug-bots became popular in 2009. They feature miniature battery-powered creepy-crawlies that are actually simple robots.
2010: Don't let the bedbugs bite – Some hotels started getting attention for all the wrong reasons when bedbugs started popping up under the covers, especially in cities like New York where there are lots of travelers coming from diverse locations. These plush bugs greeted attendees at the Bed Bug University North American Summit 2010 in September 2010 in Rosemont, Illinois.
2011: Cricket and Hornet – While "The Green Hornet" got lots of attention on the big screen in 2011, there were also bugs on the smaller ones. Jiminy Cricket appeared as a character in "Once Upon a Time," a TV series based on fairy tales and storybook. Cricket is seen at left with other characters dressed up for an early Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland in September 2012.
2012: Another 'Spider-Man' – As if three movies full of Spider-Man weren't enough, yet another incarnation of Spidey's Spandex popped up. Actor Andrew Garfield is shown here at the premiere of "The Amazing Spider-Man" in Los Angeles in June 2012.