If you haven’t seen MinuteEarth, their concise explanatory videos are worth your time.
If you’ve wondered how ant guy Walter Tschinkel creates those amazing casts of underground ant nests, here is the process:
Apparently we’re in the month of Arachtober, leaving me no choice but to share this clip of David Attenborough narrating the construction of a spider’s orb web.
For a somewhat lighter version, there’s always this.
(Attenborough clip from Life in the Undergrowth)
A short film by Alvaro Mendoza productions:
The piece captures antlion hunting strategy perfectly. The sand pit by itself is only a partial trap; most insects can climb out on their own. But not with the predator churning sand and hurling debris.
Warning: a switcheroo in ant species between the intro and the close-ups will be a little jarring for taxonomists.
Another instant classic by ze frank:
A quick explainer of ant slave rebellions from the Foitzik lab, which studies them:
In life, the ants look like this:
A clip from the BBC’s Africa:
A short clip from the BBC:
Do we call the shots over nature? Or is it the other way around? Carlos De Carvalho explores these questions in a exceptional video clip set to Timbre Timbre’s “Do I Have Power?”
Plus, bonus points for anatomically accurate arthropods.
A change of pace from our typically buggy focus: