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Look Up! The Billion-Bug Highway You Can’t See

When British scientist Jason Chapman told us... there are 3 billion insects passing over your head in a summer month, he was talking about his survey in Great Britain. Closer to the equator, he says, the numbers shoul...

The Leaproach

About 4,000 species of cockroaches are known to science, and all but the leaproach scuttle on the ground. (Zoologist Mike) Picker and his colleague Jonathan Colville discovered the leaproac...

Ants: Nature’s Secret Power – Excavating a giant ant hill

From the documentary, Ants: Nature’s Secret Power: A colossal ant hill (um… yes, maybe let’s assume that they have all moved out already, shall we?) is pumped full of concrete, and then excavated to ...

A critically-endangered Lord Howe Island Stick Insect hatching

In a world first, zookeeper Rohan Cleave captured the amazing hatching process of a critically endangered Lord Howe Island Stick Insect at Melbourne Zoo. The eggs incubate for over 6 months and until now the hatchi...

A White Orchid Mantis: Flower petal-friendly camouflage

Meet the Orchid Mantis. Native to Malaysia, they camouflage with flower petals, specifically white and pink ones. “In this way the mantis can remain unseen for predators such as birds and at the same time can ca...

A close up look at velvet worms (Peripatoides novaezelandiae)

Velvet worms, or peripatoides novaezelandiae, can be found around the glob, including Australia, Africa, Asia, Costa Rica, and Brazil… these particular leggy creatures in the video are f...

Handling wild Silver-Spotted Skippers (Epargyreus clarus)

Handling wild Silver-Spotted Skippers (Epargyreus clarus). Footage of technique and them playing games, landing on my head, etc. Another from YouTube user Precarious333’s treasu...

A twig-like Indian Walking Stick insect eats a leaf

Tommi Vainionpaa keeps Indian Walking Sticks (Carausius Morosus) as pets. They are about 10cm long each, perhaps as long as 15cm if you include their legs. He filmed them eating, climbing and trying to hide in plain...

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...

Sarruga: Giant Insects in Chicago

The spectacular Catalan street theater company, Sarruga, transforms the Millennium Park in Chicago into a fantasy world, bringing their giant ants, spiders and praying mantises to interact with the public in a...

Minuscule: The Caterpillar and the Brook (and more)

The Caterpillar and the Brook is from the animated series Minuscule. A French-made collection of short stories, Minuscule is about the private lives of ants, snails, bees, caterpillars, wasps...

The Hidden Beauty of Pollination

The Hidden Beauty of Pollination. You’ve seen this video before. It was a part of Louie Schwartzberg’s TED Talk in 2011, but frankly, it’s so amazing that it’s worth wat...

Glass Mantis Eats a Blue Bottle Fly

As this Glass Mantis eats a blue bottle fly, you can watch the food travel down through its head and thorax! Fascinating stuff. Precarious333 has a treasure trove of insect videos. Or check ou...

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...

A stag beetle, a long-horned beetle, & 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...

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...

BBC Life in the Undergrowth: Amazing Cicada Life Cycle

Amazing Cicada Life Cycle, presented (and bewitched) by the amazing Sir David Attenborough in this clip from the BBC’s Life in the Undergrowth. “Magicicada Brood II will make its ...

The Edible Insects Food Movement – KQED Quest

Two billion people in cultures around the world include insects as a part of their diet, and there are lots of stories about it in the news right now. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has recently recommende...

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