THE BEST Insects

Kabuto Sumo Board Game

Kabuto Sumo Board Game

The guys behind BoardGameTables.com have created a fun, family-friendly game that anyone can play in about 15 minutes. In Kabuto Sumo, players take on the role of some badass beetles, and attempt to push their opponents out of the ring. Each wrestler disc has a unique shape and a special power that affects their moves.

Hornet Flight Slo-mo

Hornet Flight Slo-mo

Nature photographer Lothar Lenz captured this incredible macro slow-motion video of hornets in motion, as they fly around, sip water, and live their lives near his home in the Eifel region of Germany. The crystal clear sounds of the buzzing insects are especially immersive with headphones on.

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Human vs. Giant Spider Web

Human vs. Giant Spider Web

Walking into a spider web can be a sticky and annoying situation for both humans and spiders. But what would happen if spiders and their webs were much larger? Could you extract yourself before you get wrapped up like a giant fly? What If ponders this horrifying situation in a video that’s definitely not for arachnophobes.

Ant Colony Time-lapse

Ant Colony Time-lapse

Chip Channel spends most of his time restoring rusty old toys. He also has an ant farm. Watch as these industrious little harvester ants start out with a clean slate of sand, and proceed to build out a complex maze of tunnels for their colony to call home. Everything you see here happened in 24 hours.

Insect Takeoffs

Insect Takeoffs

Despite their size, insects feature some incredibly sophisticated organic engineering. Using high-speed macro photography, Ant Lab shows off the way that eight different types of bugs take to the air. That plume moth looks a little drunk when it takes off.

The Mighty Weaver Ant

The Mighty Weaver Ant

Kurzgesagt introduces us to the oecophylla weaver ant. These long-legged insects dwell in tropical jungles, building incredible colonies that spread upwards and sideways between trees. They’re not only incredibly industrious, they’re fierce warriors and defenders of their kingdoms.

Tortoise Beetle Take-off

Tortoise Beetle Take-off

Before his passing in 2019, scientist and photographer Andreas Kay captured some amazing imagery of the diverse lifeforms in Ecuador. We especially enjoyed this slow motion, macro footage of a tortoise beetle as it opens its wings and lifts off. He also rigged up a spherical treadmill to shoot footage of insects as they walk.

Hoppers in Slow-Motion

Hoppers in Slow-Motion

After introducing us to the charming little globular springtail, biologist Dr. Adrian Smith AntLab wanted to capture slow-motion footage of other jumping insects. In this fascinating video, you’ll see how leafhoppers, treehoppers, planthoppers, and froghoppers spring up off of the ground and take flight.

Murder Hornet Action Figure

Murder Hornet Action Figure

In case you missed it, one of the many threats facing humanity (and the insect world) is the Vespa Mandarinia aka “Asian Giant Hornet” aka “Murder Hornet.” Revoltech’s RevoGeo line is offering an incredibly lifelike 7″ long plastic figure that captures every detail of the terrifying flying killer, complete with posable body parts.

A Virtual Firefly Experience

A Virtual Firefly Experience

Every time we see a firefly, childhood memories come flooding back of warm Summer nights in our backyard. Discover Life in America (DLiA) and photographer Radim Schreiber teamed up to educate us about these luminescent beetles, then wow us with soothing imagery from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Globular Springtail

The Globular Springtail

Not only does the Globular Springtail have an awesome name, it also has the ability to perform crazy fast spins as it jumps into the air. Its rotational speed has been clocked at over 22,000 RPM, or about 374 flips per second. AntLab’s Dr. Adrian Smith captured slow motion footage of the little guy in action.

The Mad Haterpillar

The Mad Haterpillar

Scientist Steve Mould introduces us to one of the strangest insects we’ve seen. Like other caterpillars, the uraba lugens aka gum leaf skeletoniser gradually sheds its exoskeleton as it grows, but it keeps a stack of its old head shells stacked on its head like a crazy hat. And nobody seems to know why it does this.

Robot Hummingbird Films Butterflies

Robot Hummingbird Films Butterflies

Nature photographers John Downer Productions flew a realistic, robotic hummingbird deep into a forest packed with hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies. The drone captured amazing footage of the swarm as they awoke from their long winter’s nap in Mexico. From the BBC Series Spy in the Wild.

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Why Honeybees Love Hexagons

Why Honeybees Love Hexagons

If you’ve ever seen a beehive up close, you know how its made up of hundreds of nearly perfect hexagonal cells. Why is that, and how do bees know how to make such perfect geometry? TED-Ed provides a brief explanation of this strange intersection of evolutionary biology and architecture.

Fly

Fly

Petrick Animation Studio presents a very short film inspired by “real events” that happened at their Moscow, Russia office. Along the way, you’ll meet a fly guy named Fly, and follow him through his brief, but magical journey through life.

Making Music with Bees

Making Music with Bees

We all know that bees make a buzzing sound when they fly about. But electronic musician Bioni Samp knows there’s way more subtlety to the sounds they produce. To create his music, he records and processes these bee sounds, along with others made from the resistive properties of their honey. From Great Big Story.

Believe It or Snot

Believe It or Snot

A fun book for science geeks and anyone who enjoys biology, Believe It or Snot: The Definitive Field Guide to Earth’s Slimy Creatures catalogs snails, bugs, lizards, mammals, and other critters, and explores just how much goo, slime, and mucus they leave in their wake. From the authors of Does It Fart? and True or Poo?

Making a Hornet from Hardware

Making a Hornet from Hardware

Watch as a pile of ordinary brass nuts and bolts is transformed into a shiny sculpture of an insect by artist Ross the Random. We weren’t quite sure where he was going at first with the wing piece, but the finished work turned out to be quite amazing.

Ants vs. Banana Time-lapse

Ants vs. Banana Time-lapse

It might take us just a second to chomp down a single slice of banana, but it takes quite a bit longer for ants to dine on such a treat. In this clip from Temponaut Timelapse, see how an army of ants gradually dismantles a bit of banana over the course of two days. Look away if you’re squeamish about bugs.

Spiny Devil Katydid

Spiny Devil Katydid

Wildlife photographer David Weiller introduces us to one of nature’s many strange and wonderful creations. This alien-looking spiny devil katydid (panacanthus cuspidatus) is both intimidating and adorable as it does a kung fu pose and stares us down with its beady magenta eyeballs.

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Giant Metal Scorpion

Giant Metal Scorpion

The scorpions we encounter here in the U.S. are relatively small, but this oversize metal creature measures 8.25″ long. This awesomely creepy creation is made by Thailand artists Kreatworks using recycled automotive and machine parts. Also, it turns out that there are real scorpions that are almost the same size in South Africa.

Life in a Different Light

Life in a Different Light

Martin Kristiansen of My Microscopic World used a polarized light source, a lab microscope, and an iPhone to capture these incredibly detailed, colorful, and otherworldly images of insect larvae, isopods, and tiny crustaceans. Check out more amazing close-up images on his Instagram feed.

True Facts: Leafhoppers & Friends

True Facts: Leafhoppers & Friends

Nature show host Ze Frank takes on some of the most varied and strange looking bugs out there. These planthoppers like to hang around on leaves and branches, sometimes mimicking other insects, other times standing out like a sore thumb. Most of the incredible macro images featured are by Dr. Andreas Kay.

Why Animals Swarm

Why Animals Swarm

Have you ever wondered why insects, birds, fish, and bats gather together into huge and coordinated groups? TED-Ed’s Maria R. D’Orsogna explores the fascinating science behind this behavior, which drives many species as a method of survival and group productivity.

The Billion Ant Megacolony

The Billion Ant Megacolony

Kurzgesagt already taught us how ants thrive on war. But it turns out that one particular ant species has used their fighting and strategic skills (with a little help from humans) to build a truly global empire. We wouldn’t doubt if their numbers were actually in the trillions.

True Facts: The Ogre-Faced Spider

True Facts: The Ogre-Faced Spider

Nature show host Zefrank1 is here to educate us on the Deinopis, also known as the “ogre-faced” spider. This creepy crawler has big beady eyes that see better than your best camera lens, and creates a stretchy net she holds between her legs to ensnare and cocoon her prey.

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