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How to Create Your Own Monarch Butterfly Rest Stop

Creating your own Monarch Butterfly rest stop -- a common milkweed and nectar plant-filled garden that is free of pesticides and herbicides -- can help make a huge impact on the rapid decline of Monarch butterfly popu...

The Magnificent Monarchs

Come along on a visit to a butterfly sanctuary near Angangueo, Michoacan, Mexico, where millions of Monarch Butterflies overwinter in conifer groves. (You'll arrive about 1m10s in.) It's a seasonal pause in one of the...

Silverspot Butterfly Time Lapse

Watch an Oregon silverspot butterfly (Speryeria zerene hippolyta) transform from a caterpillar to a chrysalis via 15,000 time lapse photos taken by the Oregon Zoo. This 2012 video put the zoo's silverspot conservation...

Juan Fontanive‘s mechanical, looping flipbooks: Vivarium

Revisiting Juan Fontanive's mechanical, looping flipbooks: Vivarium. From the artist’s bio:  Juan Fontanive makes films without using light. Often recycling the mechanical parts of found...

AMNH: Building a True-to-Life Butterfly for a Habitat Diorama

The next time that you’re in your local natural history museum, don’t just look at the large animals in the dioramas — really look for those hidden small animals, too: a brow...

Butterflies that drink turtle tears

Watch a butterfly drink turtle tears from a Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle (Podocnemis unifilis). Wait, what? It’s true: butterflies and bees will drink turtle tears as a source of sodium and minerals. In ...

Earth Touch‘s iPhone Films: Metamorphosis.

From a small egg hidden on a leaf, to an adult soaring high across the sky, take a journey with Earth Touch's iPhone Films team to witness a butterfly’s Metamorphosis.

Blue Morpho Butterfly

The Blue Morpho Butterfly is a beautiful brown — yes, brown — butterfly. The microscopic scales on this rainforest butterfly manipulate light, reflecting back an intense blue light that makes them appear ...

Wonders of Life: Monarch Butterflies

Professor Brian Cox explains how Monarch Butterflies navigate by “monitoring the position of the sun, and compensating for its location in the sky using their internal timekeeping mechanism… even when it&...

How Biomimicry is Inspiring Human Innovation

How Biomimicry is Inspiring Human Innovation: …we human beings, who have been trying to make things for only the blink of an evolutionary eye, have a lot to learn from the long proc...

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...

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...

Cabinet of Wonders: Alfred Russel Wallace’s personal cabinet

Discovered by a Washington, D.C., lawyer in search of antique furniture, this is truly a Cabinet of Wonders, for inside is the 1700-specimen personal collection of 19th Century British naturalist, field biologist an...

Louie Schwartzberg’s TED Talk: The hidden beauty of pollination

A TED Talk from Louie Schwartzberg: The hidden beauty of pollination. Pollination: it’s vital to life on Earth, but largely unseen by the human eye. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world...

A Black Swallowtail Butterfly comes out of its chrysalis

A Black Swallowtail Butterfly coming out of its chrysalis, time lapsed. Related: an excellent (but unembeddable) documentary set of videos capturing the Monarch Butterfly from caterpillar egg to butterfly, with narra...