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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...

More Evidence Birds Can Count: Where’d that other mealworm go?

Researchers are eagerly tricking wild New Zealand robins, but it's FOR SCIENCE! Watch as this box with a sliding trick drawer helps Alexis Garland and Jason Low at Victoria University of Wellington observe the behavio...

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...

Bang Goes The Theory: How Loud is a Slithering Snail?

When it’s completely silent, can you hear the tiny footsteps of a centipede? Can you hear a snail eat? In series 6 of Bang Goes The Theory, the BBC's Jem Stansfield sets up in a sound proo...

Enoshima Aquarium: transparent leptocephalus eel larvae

Please enjoy this Enoshima Aquarium footage of leptocephalus, eels (and similar kinds of fish) in their transparent larval phase. This stage can last longer than most other larval phases, from three month...

Return of the Cicadas by Samuel Orr

Via jtotheizzoe, watch Return of the Cicadas by Samuel Orr, a beautifully shot film that shows the insect’s unique 17-year life cycle in detail. With soil temperatures along the Eas...

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 ...

Caterpillar Caravan

This caterpillar caravan is made of hundreds of pine processionary caterpillars (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) marching in a long nose-to-tail processional train when they’re ready to pupate. ...

Para Films’ The Plankton Chronicles

After watching The Secret Life of Plankton, oh how happy we were(!) to find Para Films'  The Plankton Chronicles. There are so many beautiful videos shot in microscopic detail that we haven’t watched ...

Life Cycle of the Silkworm

Meet the Bombyx Mori in its caterpillar, larva or “worm” state — silkworm to be specific (though it’s not a worm at all). There’s an entire series of videos online...

BBC Planet Earth: Glow Worms

What a beautiful trap! These glow worms make a sparkling net on the cave ceiling, perfect for catching flying insects, in this clip from the BBC's Planet Earth: Caves. From Wikipedia:  Arachnocampa is a genus of fo...