This human eye video close-up, via io9’s Incredible Photographs of Fractals Found in the Natural World, was filmed by AJ Korkidakis. The one below, which isn’t as crisp but goes into more detail about the eye’s different parts, is from a series on Extreme Detail:
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From the archives: a ladybug swarm + more slow motion.
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 out more insects in our archives.
This lady bug swarm video from Boulder, Colorado got popular in 2010, but the kids hadn’t seen it until this weekend and loved just how colorful this particular swarm was.
Lady bugs or lady birds are beetles and can be found in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, India, Malta, and in parts of Canada and the US. According to wikipedia, there are over 5,000 species of them, with more than 450 of those in the United States. As examples, check out these two galleries of their diversity: one from the UK and one of Coccinellidae in India.
There’s also details about their anatomy here. Take special note about how their colorful casings pull up to reveal soft dark wings underneath.
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 sight as they stayed as still as possible… like sticks! Slow moving at times, but completely fascinating. From National Geographic:
As its name suggests, the stick insect resembles the twigs among which it lives, providing it with one of the most efficient natural camouflages on Earth. It and the equally inconspicuous leaf insect comprise the Phasmida order, of which there are approximately 3,000 species.
That’s worth repeating: 3000 kinds of stick and leaf insects!
Phasmids generally mimic their surroundings in color, normally green or brown, although some species are brilliantly colored and others conspicuously striped. Many stick insects have wings, some spectacularly beautiful, while others resemble little more than a stump. A number of species have spines and tubercles on their bodies.
Found predominantly in the tropics and subtropics—although several species live in temperate regions—stick insects thrive in forests and grasslands, where they feed on leaves. Mainly nocturnal creatures, they spend much of their day motionless, hidden under plants.
There’s a great three minute stick insect introduction with narration via Backyard Bugs. Definitely worth watching next!
And here are stick insects from the archives.