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See video Fire ants create lifeboat in the Amazon (BBC)

Embedding disabled: watch video on YouTube. When a flood threatens a fire ant colony in the Amazon jungle, they adapt by forming a lifeboat.

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See video Metamorphosis - Life Cycle of a Butterfly Time-lapse

Watch the transition from caterpillar (larva) to pupa (chrysalis) to butterfly.

2:39 228 5.13
See video Fire ants: stopping the invasion with flies

James Williams explains an interesting method for stopping the invasion of fire ants through one of their nastiest enemies: parasitoid flies, which literally get into their heads. 

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See video The Life Cycle of Cicadas

A film about the remarkable life cycle of Cicadas by plant biologist Roger Hangarter and filmmaker Samuel Orr.

2:46 3 3.97
See video Remote-controlled robot insects

Not even the most sophisticated of today's robots come close to mimicking the flight aerobatics of insects. However, researchers have found a way around that: by programming and taking control of real insects.

1:21 962 3.43
See video Cockroach Controlled Mobile Robot

The "Cockroach Controlled Mobile Robot" is an experimental mechanism in which a live cockroach is the pilot. It stands on top of a trackball which has been modified to control a three-wheeled robot.

4:48 38 3.22
See video A huge worm leaves its cricket host

A parasitic worm makes its cricket host jump in the water, committing suicide. The worm then leaving its host and swims away.

0:33 181 3.01
See video Strange Bolivia Caterpillar

This bizarre looking caterpillar should not be touched as its venomous spines can cause very painful reactions in human skin upon contact.

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See video Weaver ant nest building

See the social behavior of weaver ants when they construct their nests. Worker ants can bridge two leaves and pull them together by making chains with their bodies.

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