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True Facts About the Bolas Spider

True Facts About the Bolas Spider

Our favorite nature show host ZeFrank is here to school us about the Bolas spider – specifically, he’s here to introduce us to Nancy, a rotund little arachnid who enjoys luring in her buggy meals using sticky orbs she dangles from her butt ropes.

Mantalime

Mantalime

Supinfocom Rubika animation student Lorraine Desserre’s short film revolves around a simple premise – a praying mantis ingests something strange, and goes on a crazy hallucinogenic trip. A short, sweet, and entertaining clip melding traditional and CG styles.

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True Facts About Dragonflies

True Facts About Dragonflies

“Now the anus of the dragonfly nymph is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill anus…” Yep, ZeFrank1 is back with another disturbing nature film, this time describing the weird and not-so-wonderful world of dragonflies, as they grow from larvae to adulthood.

Bridge of Ants

Bridge of Ants

It’s common knowledge that ants are great at working together to accomplish tasks. But we’ve never seen anything quite like this massive upside-down bridge structure that thousands of army ants built so they could storm into a wasps’ nest in Costa Rica.

Facts About Millipedes

Facts About Millipedes

The more legs something has, the more it freaks us out. As such, one of the creatures that makes our skin crawl most is the millipede. Why is it that they have so many tiny dangly legs? Anna’s Science Magic Show Hooray! delves into what makes these crawlies so creepy.

True Facts About Ant Mutualism

True Facts About Ant Mutualism

Amateur naturalist Zefrank takes a few minutes to explore the strange and wonderful interactions of ant colonies, and how they work together to make the whole greater than the sum of its parts, along with some of the odd behaviors these insects exhibit.

Barnaby’s Bug Puppet

Barnaby’s Bug Puppet

Puppeteer Barnaby Dixon follows up his amazing character “Manu” with a dancing bug who glows in the dark. From his grippy bug hands, to his fluttering bug wings, to his dangly bug antennae, this little guy is a real charmer.

Kurzgesagt: Life & Size Pt. 1

Kurzgesagt: Life & Size Pt. 1

Kurzgesagt kicks off a multi-part lesson that explains how an organism’s size drastically affects its evolution. For instance, droplets of water could be lethal to insects. So some of them evolved to repel even tiny particles of water.

Bugs on The Windshield

Bugs on The Windshield

We hate trying to clean the sticky mess off of our windshields when bugs smack into them, so we can’t imagine how much time it took to scrub the bug debris off of this truck after it ran into a massive swarm of locusts on a road in Dagestan, Russia.

Antlion Cone Death Trap

Antlion Cone Death Trap

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.

Typographic Insects

Typographic Insects

Artist Xavier Segers aka “The Last Dodo” created these incredible insect images by precisely placing letters from various fonts. See if you can guess what font each one was made from, then head to the bottom of his Behance page for the answers.

The Murderous Tiger Beetle

The Murderous Tiger Beetle

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.

The Bee Movie on Speed

The Bee Movie on Speed

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.

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The Trilobite Beetle

The Trilobite Beetle

This strange and ancient looking beetle has only been spotted a couple of times in the last two centuries, but National Geographic Young Explorer Mark Wong came across this insanely rare insect crawling through the jungle in Singapore.

Bug Man

Bug Man

Director Iqbal Ahmed’s fascinating and beautifully filmed short documentary introduces us to Steven Kutcher, a man full self-aware of his quirks, who has found a way to make a living – and art, through his love for insects.

Lichen Katydid Camouflage

Lichen Katydid Camouflage

Photographer David Weiller captured this eyepopping macro video of the Markia Hystrix, aka the Lichen Katydid, a spiky grasshopper as it blends in brilliantly with its similarly fibrous surroundings in Costa Rica.

Caterpillar Processional

Caterpillar Processional

Stargazer Pictures recently spotted a long line of caterpillars crossing their path in Perth, Australia, each dutifully following the fuzzy larvae leading the way. This time-lapse footage speeds things up a bit for our enjoyment.

SAW Robotic Worm

SAW Robotic Worm

Roboticist David Zarrouk’s and his team’s SAW (or “Single-Actuator Wave“) robot is both completely awesome, and serious nightmare fuel. This innovative robot can move on land or in water by wriggling its 3D-printed spine, and uses just a single motor to shimmy about.

Microsculpture

Microsculpture

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.

How Flies Escape Danger

How Flies Escape Danger

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.

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Medieval Monsters

Medieval Monsters

If you’re creeped out by bugs, you might think twice, but trust us when we say that Oliver Mueller’s look at the insects of the New Forest of England is fascinating both from a scientific and cinematic perspective, and packed with simply amazing macro photography.

The Death of Bees

The Death of Bees

Kurzgesagt teaches us about the importance of honey bees to our world’s delicate ecosystem, and the science behind the phenomenon of colony collapse disorder. Next time you see a bee buzzing around you head, think about this video.

The Ant Watch

The Ant Watch

This watch won’t help you tell time at all, but you’ll still have the coolest watch on the block – since yours will be a fully-functional (though very small) ant colony. Comes with sand, a feeding dropper, tweezers, and of course, five live ants.

Spidey Pulls a Heist

Spidey Pulls a Heist

Popson4 has a Dropcam security camera in his garage. It’s there to catch human intruders, but one night it caught a another kind of creepy crawler with its watchful eye. That’s what you get for keeping diamonds in your garage.

Ant vs. Skateboard

Ant vs. Skateboard

Formic is a CGI/live-action short animated by Roman Kaelin and Florian Wittman which gives us an ants-eye view on the universe, as the tiny insect does its best to survive the dangers of a typical day at a skatepark.

Why Spiders Don’t Stick to Webs

Why Spiders Don’t Stick to Webs

Craig “Wheezy Waiter” Benzine of Mental Floss explores another question that you’ve probably wondered about at some point : Why is it that spiders don’t get caught in their own webs, when everything else seems to stick to them?

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