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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...

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."...

Why do Leafcutter Ants cut leaves and carry them away?

Where are the Leafcutter Ants carrying all those leaves to? They do drink the leaf sap, but they don't eat them, so what are the leaves for? File under composting and farming: It's all about growing a highly nutritiou...

The Sticky Feet of Ants & Cockroaches – Cambridge Ideas

Have you ever watched an ant walk up a wall? Have you seen one upside down on a ledge while carrying something? How do insect feet stick like that?! Get a very close look at the minuscule foot anatomy of ants and cock...

Deep Look: The Crazy Cribs of Parasitic Wasps

These tiny wasps have a wonderful trick: they prompt oak trees to grow galls, abnormal plant tissue structures that shelter wasp eggs, by injecting a chemical under the tree's skin. If that was the end of the story...

Shake Your Silk-Maker: The Dance of the Peacock Spider

When a peacock spider dances, how do we know that it's a really, really good dancer? From their colorful, iridescent body displays, to their wide variety of dance moves, to the different rhythms that they "sing" while...

Pouring 1200F molten aluminum into an anthill?

To study the architecture of ant colonies and their nests, entomologist and myrmecologist Walter Tschinkel developed a way to “record” their three-dimensional underground chambers: he pours 1200F molten a...

Gross Science: Carnivorous Plants and Killer Ants

In this episode of NOVA’s Gross Science, Anna Rothschild introduces us to the carnivorous fanged pitcher plant (Nepenthes Bicalcarata) that preys on unsuspecting insects, but has a special relationship with one parti...

Butterflies that drink turtle tears for the salt content

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 ...

Meet the Natives: Can wild bees also pollinate our plants & crops?

As honey bee populations decline (from pesticide and fungicide use, parasites, and a mix of other factors), scientists like entomologist Claudio Gratton are exploring the exciting idea of pollinating our plants and c...

Plants and Insects Magnified Thousands of Times

German photographer Stefan Diller has made micro worlds into immense and detailed landscapes to fly over. After three years of work, he’s refined a mix of scanning electron microscope (...

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.

The Peacock Spiders of Australia

Entomologist Dr. Jürgen Otto films the Peacock Spiders of Australia, and they are super fun to watch. Though they are not well documented, there are 20 known species of these small jumping spiders. They have huge eye...

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&...

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...

Indian Walking Sticks: Watch this twig-like insect eat 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...

Life in the Undergrowth: Ant life in the Australian mangroves

David Attenborough narrates ant life in the Australian mangroves — “various kinds of trees up to medium height and shrubs that grow in saline coastal sediment habitats in the tropics and subtr...

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...

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