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Insects

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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.

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.

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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?

The Squeaky Caterpillar

The Squeaky Caterpillar

N’awwwwwww… When we first saw this clip of a caterpillar emitting the sound a squeaky toy might make, we figured it was a bit of internet fakery. But apparently there are caterpillars who can make these kind of sounds.

The Praying Mantis Fly Swatter

The Praying Mantis Fly Swatter

YouTuber M Valenz had a problem with flies in his house, but instead of whipping out a can of Raid or a newspaper, he turned his pet praying mantis into an improvised fly swatter. Yes, we said “pet praying mantis.”

Bug Workout

Bug Workout

Insects need to keep in shape too. So that’s exactly what this guy is doing, as he lies on his back and does some spinning lifts with his medicine ball. Apparently, he kept this up for three hours straight.

Grasshopper Aviation

Grasshopper Aviation

It may only be 10 seconds-long, but Wayne Unten’s animated short film of a grasshopper transporting an unexpected passenger could be the best thing you watch today. We can imagine an entire Disney flick based on this theme.

Wasp vs. Bee

Wasp vs. Bee

While bees are some of nature’s most helpful stinging insects, wasps are just nasty buggers. Here, one does in a poor bee with the ultimate finishing move – the full body slice. We have a saying around here: “Nature… it’s disgusting.”

Caterpillar Speed Trick

Caterpillar Speed Trick

On his trip to the Amazon Rainforest, Destin of Smarter Every Day found a group of caterpillars that seem to have figured a way for all of them to move faster. How? By acting as each other’s conveyor belt. Unedited video here.

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Wasps in Slow-Mo

Wasps in Slow-Mo

While most of us do everything we can to avoid getting near a wasp’s nest, Ultraslo put their Phantom Miro 4 high-speed camera right in the middle of one. Everything you see here took place in less than 8/100ths of a second.

True Facts About the Dung Beetle

True Facts About the Dung Beetle

You might want to wait to eat your lunch until later after watching ZeFrank’s latest educational clip about these nasty critters that roll around giant balls of poo. Naked. With their mouths.

Creepy Neighborhood Spiders

Creepy Neighborhood Spiders

YouTuber Erick Reis came upon thousands of spiders suspended in very thin webs across power lines. A local biologist claimed that it was a normal phenomenon. Doesn’t make it less creepy.

The Tailless Whip Scorpion

The Tailless Whip Scorpion

On his trip to the Amazon, Smarter Every Day encountered a tailless whip scorpion, a harmless arachnid. Sure, it’s not venomous, but its fearsome appearance could still cause a heart attack.

English Garden Worm Gin

English Garden Worm Gin

Gin is truly a drink for men’s men, and you’ll truly be manning-up when you gobble down the intoxicated invertebrate floating in this bottle of dry English Gin, clearly inspired by Sauza tequila.

10 Incredibly Strong Insects

10 Incredibly Strong Insects

We’ve all heard how ants can lift an insane amount of weight, but did you know there’s a bug that so strong you need a drill to crack its shell? Or one that can jump up to 140 times its own height?

Giant Spider Projection

Giant Spider Projection

Motion design artist Friedrich van Schoor shot footage of spiders running around a scale model, and then projected the shadows through the windows of an actual building.

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Flight of the Butterflies (Trailer)

Flight of the Butterflies (Trailer)

Dr. Fred Urquhart tracked Monarch Butterfly migration for 40 years to find their secret hideaway. Now we can all enjoy the magic of discovering a forest teeming with millions in IMAX.

The Adventures of Mr. Fly

The Adventures of Mr. Fly

Photographer Nicholas Hendrickx shot these whimsical macro pics of his pal Mr. Fly set into tiny real life situations, ranging from skateboarding to riding a tiny fly Vespa to playing the fly-iano.

Made by Hand Film Series

Made by Hand Film Series

The Bureau of Common Goods’ fascinating film series Made by Hand features NYC artisans crafting local and sustainable items. This latest piece showcases an urban rooftop beekeeping farmer.

Honey Harvest

Honey Harvest

A soothing video about harvesting honey, made by creative studio Tiger in a Jar for Kinfolk Magazine. The music is Hope Valley Hill by Keith Kenniff aka Helios, from his album Caesura.

Hornets Massacre Bees

Hornets Massacre Bees

From a BBC documentary – 30 Japanese giant hornets take on 30,000 honey bees and win. The worst part? It’s not honey the hornets are after. Their battles have also gone the other way though.

Translucent Ants

Translucent Ants

Not only are these photographs of ants drinking colored liquid awesome, until now, we had no idea there were see-through ants out there. Scientist Mohamed Babu captured these incredible pics.

Man vs. Mantis

Man vs. Mantis

Florida Marlins’ LF Logan Morrison eyes an unlikely attendee at a recent game, a praying mantis. He must have looked at the insect the wrong way, because the bug decided to move in for the kill.

Spider Tango

Spider Tango

We didn’t realize that arachnids had such a dramatic mating ritual, but now that we’ve seen it set to music, we think this jumping spider has all the right moves to get into his lady spider’s bed.

The Aggressive Bee

The Aggressive Bee

MC Mr Napkins has put together an entertaining vid about a mean and annoying bee who used to dive-bomb him outside his residence; too bad he doesn’t know he inspired a song. (Thanks Martin!)

Spider vs. Ant

Spider vs. Ant

This close-up video by Ahmet Özkan shows an ant being hog-tied by a spider. Not only is the photographic detail incredible, there’s an extra-special surprise if you stick around until the end.

Mascot Dance Battle

Mascot Dance Battle

Jollibee is known in the Philippines as a fast food chain mascot. What people don’t know is that this bee’s got skills. He starts off slow, then amps up the cuteness, then he just goes loco.

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