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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 ...

How Julian Nocker built a treehouse in Salzburg

I designed and built this treehouse during 3 summer holidays next to my architecture studies. It is the result of my dealing with wood construction, handcraft and space following the ideas and concepts of the childhoo...

Butterflies and bees drinking turtle tears in the Peruvian Amazon

Why are these butterflies and bees swarming around turtle faces? In this episode of the Jungle Diaries, entomologist Phil Torres sees a rare sight in the Peruvian Amazon: Tear-drinking butterflies and bees. The behavi...

Firefly Experience: Lightning bugs light the Iowa woods

Walk the woods near Fairfield, Iowa as the fireflies come out to sparkle and glow at twilight. Photographer Radim Schreiber sees the sparkling forest as reflection of the stars in the Milky Way and has been filming t...

How to turn garden clippings into striking insect sculptures

How does Montreal-based designer Raku Inoue create his striking ‘Natura Insects’ series of plant sculptures on Instagram? It starts with collecting and sorting interesting materials from his garden, going with the flo...

The Wood Wide Web: How trees secretly talk to and share with each other

Trees secretly talk to each other underground. They're passing information and resources to and from each other through a network of mycorrhizal fungi—mykós means fungus and riza means root in Greek—a mat of long, thi...

Raccoon and the Light

What happens when a raccoon finds an abandoned flashlight in the woods? Explore the dark and discover some of the creatures that live in it with Raccoon and the Light, an animated short by CalArts student Hanna Kim. ...

While Darwin Sleeps…

With the effect of a time-lapse, filmmaker Paul Bush animates photos of more than 3,000 insect specimens from Walter Linsenmaier's insect collection in the natural history museum of Luzern, Switzerland. Of While Darwi...

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