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1000s of Bugs, 100 Islands, 1 Happy Entomologist

Community ecologist, biodiversity scientist, and entomologist Crystal Ernst is cataloging insects, spiders, and other tiny creatures for the 100 Islands Project, a multiyear island biogeography study across the Centra...

A Black Swallowtail Butterfly comes out of its chrysalis

A Black Swallowtail Butterfly coming out of its chrysalis, time lapsed. Related: an excellent documentary set of videos capturing the Monarch Butterfly from caterpillar egg to butterfly, with narration… Egg hat...

A critically-endangered Lord Howe Island Stick Insect hatching

In a world first, zookeeper Rohan Cleave captured the amazing hatching process of a critically endangered Lord Howe Island Stick Insect at Melbourne Zoo. The eggs incubate for over 6 months and until now the hatchi...

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...

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...

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 ...

A simple way to tell insects apart: Look at their mouthparts

There are nearly a million known insect species in the world, but most have one of just five common types of mouthparts. Why is this information useful to scientists? Anika Hazra explains how the features of an insect...

A stag beetle, a long-horned beetle, & a tube web spider

Stuart Hind, Identification and Advisory Service Manager at the Natural History Museum in London, spends his days identifying the bugs that people bring in to the museum. Jars, match boxes, s...

A time lapse of pine processionary caterpillars

I noticed a long line of processionary caterpillars crossing the footpath so I got out the trusty Canon 5D and grabbed some time lapses of the little critters doing their thing. I was amazed how they followed the exac...

A twig-like Indian Walking Stick insect eats a leaf

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...

A White Orchid Mantis: Flower petal-friendly camouflage

Meet the Orchid Mantis. Native to Malaysia, they camouflage with flower petals, specifically white and pink ones. “In this way the mantis can remain unseen for predators such as birds and at the same time can ca...

Alaska: The Nutrient Cycle

Alaska: The Nutrient Cycle by wildlife filmmaker Paul Klaver. Once they enter fresh water chum salmon stop feeding and morph into an aggressive creature intent only on mating. After spawning, they die and their b...

An Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur sculpture made of balloons

Watch a time-lapse video of how a 20-foot balloon acrocanthosaurus is made. The Airigami team assembled the dinosaur and its ecosystem, including some plants and some crawly insects, at the Virginia Museum of Natural ...

Anatomy of Preservation: From a Specimen to an Object of Study

How do zoologists learn about the anatomy of different animals? And how do they display these specimens in the museums for us to observe and learn from? Watch the detailed deconstruction and reconstruction of a Jamaic...

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...

Ants: Nature’s Secret Power – Excavating a giant ant hill

From the documentary, Ants: Nature’s Secret Power: A colossal ant hill (um… yes, maybe let’s assume that they have all moved out already, shall we?) is pumped full of concrete, and then excavated to ...

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 ...

Beautiful summer nights full of fireflies and stars

Of his magical-looking evenings observing the stars, the lightning, and the glowing summer insects of Ithaca, New York, Michael Roman writes: I confess, I spent many--perhaps too many--nights this summer standing a...

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