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Incredibly detailed insect portraits by Levon Biss

Assembled from between 8,000 and 10,000 images that were captured with microscope lenses, each of these meticulously lit portraits of insects is full of rich detail. Photographer Levon Biss started photographing insec...

The GPS-navigated rolling of the dung beetle

From all across the galaxy, the light of billions of stars finds its way to Earth, passes through our atmosphere, and enters the eyes of a small South African beetle rolling a ball of dung. The beetle’s eyes are not s...

Emergence Lab, a hand painted anamorphic sculpture

Observe all six sides of this hand painted anamorphic sculpture by Thomas Medicus. Titled Emergence Lab, the cube references the process "whereby larger entities, patterns, and regularities arise through interactions ...

Nature’s Scuba Divers – How Beetles Breathe Underwater

"Water beetles have been breathing underwater since before the dinosaurs existed,” said Crystal Maier, an entomologist at The Field Museum in Chicago. “It has evolved at least 10 times across the insect tree of life."...

Can Namib Desert beetles help us solve our drought problems?

Can we pull enough water out of the air to sustain drought-stricken places around the planet? It might help to Think Like A Tree... or a Namib Desert Beetle called the Stenocara gracilipes, who harvests water from the...

Beautiful summer nights full of fireflies and stars

Of his magical-looking evenings observing the stars, the lightning, and the glowing summer insects of Ithaca, New York, Michael Roman writes: I confess, I spent many--perhaps too many--nights this summer standing a...

Slime Cannon Attack – How Velvet Worm slime jets work

Giant velvet worms (Peripatus solorzanoi) are unusual creatures for many reasons -- including the fact that they are "not worms, not insects, millipedes, centipedes, or slugs" -- but their super-sliming glands, rapidl...

How to make pancake beetles & caterpillars for breakfast

This breakfast tutorial mixes entomology with pancake-making, minus any actual edible insects. Using heat and time to brown the bug outlines, Saipancakes' Nathan Shields draws beetles and caterpillars with pancake bat...

In A Flash: Firefly Communication

Fireflies, or lightning bugs, can make warm summer evenings feel magical, but there's more than magic going on behind their bioluminescent light show. For the 2,000 species of fireflies around the globe, their energy-...

The Giraffe Weevil – BBC Madagascar

Madagascar’s Giraffe Weevil is not only a fascinating-looking, bright-red-winged rainforest beetle that uses its extended neck to battle for a mate, but it also has the strength to bend and roll up a large leaf...

Microcosmos: Le peuple de l’herbe

Part one of the award-winning nature film Microcosmos: Le peuple de l’herbe, directed by French biologists Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou. One hour and fifteen minutes on an unk...

Up close with a Stag Beetle, a Long-horned Beetle and a Tube Web Spider

Stuart Hind, Identification and Advisory Service Manager at the Natural History Museum in London, spends his days identifying the bugs that people bring in to the museum. Jars, match boxes, s...

Slow motion ladybugs look like they can’t fly before they do

Watch the incredible process of ladybugs unfolding their wings out from under their spotted elytra, the spotted protective wing-cases that they're known for. This video was recorded in slow motion (3000 frames per sec...

Ladybug swarm and how they reveal their wings to fly

This lady bug swarm video from the mountains above Boulder, Colorado got popular in 2010, but the kids hadn’t seen it until this weekend and loved just how colorful this particular swarm...

Cabinet of Wonders: Alfred Russel Wallace’s personal cabinet

To know where modern biological science began, take a look at the incredible and extremely well-preserved collection within Alfred Russel Wallace’s personal cabinet, as showcased in this video by the National Science ...