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The turret spider’s camouflaged towers

...population of turret spiders for two years, notes that an insect falling on the ground amid these burrows would find itself “in a minefield” because the spiders lurk just inside...

A leaf-rolling weevil crafts its nest with careful folds

...was reconstructed from the work of two insects over two days in June of 2012. The rolling starts around 2m30s. The nidus provides shelter and food for the insects’ egg...

The Green Dragontail Butterfly in slow motion

This stunning slow-motion footage of the Green Dragontail Butterfly (Lamproptera meges) was filmed by insect enthusiast Kazuo Unno during a trip to northern Thailand. The dragontails are a species...

What is surface tension? Ask a water strider.

Modern technologies like high speed cameras can allow us to see what was previously ‘invisible’ to the naked eye. This clip from Richard Hammond’s Invisible Worlds provides two...

How to make a flipbook

Animation is made from a series of still images that, when played quickly in succession, create the illusion of movement. This is best illustrated in the pages of...

How does bumblebee barf create a queen?

What causes a baby bumblebee (the fuzzier and more weather-hardy cousins to honey bees) to become royalty remains a mystery. They don’t produce royal jelly but they produce...

How do some animals carry their babies?

Kangaroos carry their joeys in pouches. Gorillas carry their babies on their backs and cradle them in their arms. But what does a mother wolf spider do about...

How Animals Eat

Tiny snail teeth, deep hamster cheeks, quick Betta reflexes, axolotl patience. Watch as six animals—a snail, a katydid, a betta fish, a hamster, an axolotl, and a duckling—eat...

Why are moths obsessed with lamps?

If you, a nocturnal insect, knew how to travel in the darkness by navigating with moonlight, a light bulb might be confusing… distracting… irresistible. This NatGeoWILD video explains why...

The ‘Swiss Army knife’ legs of a house centipede

...is pound for pound about the same as a human running 42 mph.” Bonus: They’re insectivores, so they help keep other bugs at bay. Next, watch more Deep Look...

Hawk moths and The Art of Staying Stable

Like a hummingbird or a creature from a Hayao Miyazaki film, hawk moths or Sphingidae, are a family of large insects with the magical-looking mastery of hovering in midair....

Which life form really dominates Earth?

In 2018, there are around 7.6 billion people on the planet, but weigh us all together on a giant scale and we only make up 1/10,000 of Earth’s...

Fabulous Food Chains and The Dirt on Decomposers

...flows, through an ecosystem and how that movement forms Food Chains! Then get The Dirt on Decomposers. Dig into how worms, insects, slugs, snails, fungi, and bacteria eat detritus,...

Microworld Unseen: SEM images of the Pale Grass Blue butterfly

...See the pale grass blue butterfly (Pseudozizeeria maha) up close in this premiere Microworld Unseen video. The Beauty of Science education team picked this common insect of Asia to emphasize...

A ladybug life cycle time lapse

...to 5,000 insects in its lifetime! Most ladybugs have oval, dome-shaped bodies with six short legs. Depending on the species, they can have spots, stripes, or no markings at all…...

India’s Malabar giant squirrel (Ratufa indica)

...substantial role in shaping the ecosystem of its habitat by engaging in seed dispersal. Diet includes fruit, flowers, nuts and tree bark. Some subspecies are omnivorous, also eating insects and...

Animanimals: Ant

This team of leafcutter ants seems to be working well together, staying in step and following orders. But one ant is marching, bouncing, floating, and playing to its...

What do bluebirds eat?

Ask any birder what birds eat and you’ll hear “seeds, fruits, and insects.” But during reproduction, arguably the most important weeks of a bird’s life, 96% of North American...

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