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The incredible secret life of London’s bees

How are London's bumblebees like the city's cabbies and the Queen's guard? Get an incredible, up-close look at how bees can thrive in a bustling city, sometimes flying up to seven miles a day to look for food. "That's...

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...

How to Make a Navigational Chart

Called Mattangs, Medos, and Rebbelibs, these ancient stick charts were made from the midribs of coconut fronds by the master navigators of what's now known as the Marshall Islands in Micronesia. The intersections of s...

How did Polynesian wayfinders navigate the Pacific Ocean?

Imagine setting sail from Hawaii in a canoe. Your target is a small island thousands of kilometers away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean — a body of water that covers more than 160 million square kilometers. For tho...

What’s the Waggle Dance? And Why Do Honeybees Do It?

How do bees tell each other where the best flowers are? Behold the waggle dance, the wonderful way that bees communicate their instructions for finding those productive flowers again. Using vibrations, her positioning...

Bees and the waggle dance

Bees and the waggle dance: a figure eight series of movements that a scouting honey bee will make on its return to the hive. By performing this dance, successful foragers can share with their hive mates information...

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