You never want to get too close to a mound of fire ants. But from the comfortable distance of your browser, they’re neat little buggers. Vox explores some of the fascinating ways in which colonies stick together to form structures, and how they can act as both a solid or fluid.
BBC Earth show The Hunt captured crisp macro footage of hotrod ants, as they make their way through the scorching 150ºF+ Namib desert, where it’s so hot that they would die if they stopped in the sun for even a few seconds. But the extreme heat isn’t their only foe.
One of the nastiest insects around. The tiger beetle has an appetite for just about any other kind of bug it can get its gnarly pincers on, from happy little ladybugs, to spiders it has no business messing with. Some of these critters can run nearly 6mph, so there’s no escape.
If you never saw The Bee Movie, here’s your opportunity to get it over with in just seven minutes. To make that happen, Avoid at All Costs sped up the movie a bit each time they say the word “bee.” It’s shockingly watchable, though it eventually runs off the rails.
Levon Bliss’ stunning collection of insect macro photography. Each portrait was painstakingly made from 8,000 to 10,000 photos. Prints of the portraits will be shown at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History from 5/27 to 10/30/16, and you can deep zoom them here.
BBC Earth Unplugged turns its macro lens on the house fly to show just how good they are at detecting impending doom, with their omnidirectional vision and fast reaction time. It’s fascinating footage, but we’re pretty sure they could have hit the fly if they tried harder.