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:
From the artful & insightful Green Porno series.