THE BEST Insects

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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