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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...

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...

The Giant Texas Katydid (Neobarrettia spinosa)

Get a close look at an adult male Giant Texas Katydid (Neobarrettia spinosa) as it chirps, grooms, breathes, and seems to get a good look at you, too, in this video by insect enthusiast and YouTuber Precarious333.

The Economist on entomophagy: Why eating insects makes sense

Healthier to eat, less expensive to produce, and more sustainable than traditional livestock, insects are a popular recommendation as a global food supply solution. Around two billion people eat bugs as a snack or as ...

What’s inside the stomach of a carnivorous Pitcher Plant?

Luring insects into its pools of digestive juices, then dissolving the bugs into "amino acids, peptides, phosphates, ammonium and urea, from which the plant obtains its mineral nutrition," the Pitcher Plant is famousl...

Maggot to Fly Transformation

A maggot transforms within a pupa and a fly emerges in this Maggot to Fly Transformation video, filmed by Ammonite Films. Watch as an inflatable head sac called a ptilinum helps push the fly out of the puparium, a see...

Cauliflower: How Does it Grow?

Five million heads of cauliflower grow every year at Lakeside Organic Gardens, a family-owned farm in Watsonville, California. These flower bunches are full of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants... and they change fro...

Eva Szasz’s Cosmic Zoom (1968)

From director Eva Szasz and the National Film Board of Canada, Cosmic Zoom (1968) is a wordless journey that attempts to demonstrate the scale of the universe. Beginning with a boy boating on the Ottawa River, we trav...

Out of the Inkwell: The Tantalizing Fly (1919)

From the Out of the Inkwell series of rotoscope-created cartoons, this is The Tantalizing Fly (1919) by animation pioneer and rotoscope inventor Max Fleischer. In addition to Koko the Clown (above), Fleischer Studios ...

Leaf Mimic Katydids: Uniquely disguised as dead & diseased leaves

this Leaf Mimic Katydid really commits to its ability to hide in plain sight. Filmed in the in the Ecuadorian Amazon's Yasuni National Park, it's holding as still as possible. From Krulwich Wonders: They're not c...

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 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...

Why do honeybees love hexagons?

What is it about the six-sided hexagon that makes it such a perfect shape for storing honey? It's an efficient design! Just ask a bee, one of nature’s finest mathematicians, or watch this TED Ed by Zack Patterson and ...

The Burrowing Owl’s Cozy Underground Home

Owls that live underground! The Burrowing Owl's Cozy Home is a vacant prairie dog hole, a cool alternative (around 59F or 15C) to the extreme heat above ground. They eat small rodents, insects, amphibians, and reptile...

Planthopper Nymphs

Those are not flowers or snowflakes, nor are they small Easter parade hats or very tiny Komondors. These are a species of Planthopper Nymphs featured in the Smithsonian Channel's Wild Burma: Chasing Tigers, and they c...

Micromigrations: visualizing the flight paths of starlings

When this flight paths of starlings video by artist and professor Dennis Hlynsky went viral, it sparked a lot of questions for us: How did he make the visualizations? How do the starlings mov...

How It’s Made: Honey

We’ve posted quite a few videos about bees and honey — it’s one of our favorite subjects — but none have explained it start-to-finish. These two harvest videos come c...

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...

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