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Video: How insects become airborne, slowed down to a speed the human eye can appreciate

This short video from the Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University is a dazzlingly wild ride. Guided by the biologist Adrian Smith, who heads the lab, the film captures a series of 11 different winged insects – including a praying mantis, beetles and weevils – as they propel into flight at a riveting 3,200 frames per second, and are slowed down roughly 200 times for your viewing pleasure. 

Video by Ant Lab

Text by Aeon

Running time: 8 minutes

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Praying Mantis (source: Drummers Garden Center and Floral)

6 comments on “Video: How insects become airborne, slowed down to a speed the human eye can appreciate

  1. loranneke
    May 21, 2022

    What beauty & mystery!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Arlene Weiner
    May 21, 2022

    Wow. The world is full of marvels.

    Like

  3. melpacker
    May 21, 2022

    Fantastic viewing. Thanks for posting. I showed it to a bunch of small children in our back yard today. They were amazed.

    Like

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