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A leaf-rolling weevil crafts its nest with careful folds

See how the female six-spotted leaf-rolling weevil expertly crafts a cocoon-like leaf-roll with a Rabdosia trichocarpa leaf. Filmed in Japan by Sigma1920HD, this silent time-lapse of the nidification process was recon...

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 of swallowtail butte...

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 memorable slow motion examples: A speedy...

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 a flipbook, especially a flipbook that you've drawn yo...

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 a unique barf for their young. Enter entomol...

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 her young? Or a bat mother? Or a scorpion mother? This ...

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 different foods in different ways. The vi...

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 something called transver...

The ‘Swiss Army knife’ legs of a house centipede

So. Many. Legs. Thirty legs arranged in a fluttery burst-like arrangement. This is the Scutigera coleoptrata, a house centipede. And though some may think they're creepy or gross, or dangerous to humans (they're not),...

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. They can also fly backward and keep incredib...

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 biomass. What is biomass? And what life forms dominate the rest of the pla...

Microworld Unseen: SEM images of the Pale Grass Blue butterfly

Everyday objects and life forms, magnified hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands times, what would you see? That's what we want to show in Microworld Unseen, a new project from Beauty of Science, in which we use...

A ladybug life cycle time lapse

Bright yellow eggs sit attached to a branch. Though they're vulnerable to predators (including their hatching siblings), many eggs will yield larvae that will go through metamorphosis and turn into ladybugs (coccinell...

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 own beat. Can this team have fun and get the job do...

Why do millipedes have so many legs?

From its Latin roots, the word 'millipede' translates to 'thousand feet,' but out of the 12,000 described species of millipedes, we've yet to discover one with that many. In fact, when millipedes hatch from their eggs...

A female blue orchard bee builds her ‘bee-jeweled’ nest

A new type of bee is buzzing through California's orchards. And researchers are hoping that the iridescent, greenish insect may help provide a more efficient way to pollinate nuts and fruits in an era when traditional...

Sting, prey, raft: The successful behaviors of red imported fire ants

Is this one of the most detailed videos ever made of a fire ant stinging a human? In this Ant Lab video, Dr. Adrian Smith captures up-close footage of a red imported fire ant biting, licking, and stinging. He also doc...

A pinned insect manipulator (IMp), the Natural History Museum’s LEGO invention

When you're an entomologist who's trying to help digitize insect specimens—studying them, comparing their details with other insects, and capturing multiple images of them from all angles—it can be a challenge to use ...

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