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In each episode, viewers are given clues about a hidden animal inside a magic box. This episode is all about insects. Animals highlighted include: a bee, a ladybug, a caterpillar, a cicada, an ant, a dragon fly, a fly, a mosquito, a butterfly, and a grasshopper. Part of the "Zoobabu" series.
Michael Goodisman is digging up the dirt on yellow jackets' peculiar lives by studying their nests, behavior, and genetic make-up. With support from the National Science Foundation, he is getting a better understanding of what drives their complex family relationships. Yellow jackets, like honey bees and fire ants, exist in a sophisticated social hierarchy. Unlike other animals that travel in packs or swim together, these social insects will literally sacrifice their own survival in support of their hives, nests, and colonies.
New technologies and improvements in photography let us see into the private lives of insects and spiders. Shows both groups cleaning themselves, recycling, and building protective coverings. Comments on the two types of metamorphosis and observes some mating rituals.
Examines developments in zoology and agriculture that are challenging scientists, business leaders, and government officials alike. With commentary from Lori Williams of the National Invasive Species Council, it studies a disturbing increase in nonnative and often harmful insect populations on American soil. North Carolina's sprawling hog farms and their growing waste-disposal problem are also investigated, with input from farmers, their neighbors, and EPA officials. Also offers insights into the 17-year cicada life cycle-featuring an interview with renowned entomologist and University of Maryland professor Mike Raupp.
Invasive animals are often most abundant in habitats impacted by humans. Understanding why this is true may reveal important insights about the ecological impact of many invasive species. The invasive fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, is a notoriously pesky species that benefits when humans disturb natural areas. With support from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Joshua King at the University of Central Florida and Dr. Walter Tschinkel at Florida State University have been exploring the underlying causes and consequences of the association of fire ants with human-altered ecosystems. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
The seemingly peaceful atmosphere in an organic garden on the University of Florida campus belies the battles happening among many of its tiniest inhabitants: the insects. For entomologist Christine Miller, there are endless opportunities here to study how insects compete and even fight for a mate. With support from the National Science Foundation, Miller and her team are researching mate selection and animal weapons as a key to better understanding animal behavior, diversity, and evolution. Understanding evolution is essential for figuring out solutions to modern problems such as antibiotic resistance, a major problem in medicine, and for understanding how life on the planet became so diverse and how it may change in the future. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
In this episode, host Emily Graslie explores the living structures of various insects. Some of the insects discussed include: fire ants, carpenter ants, stinging ants, weaver ants, paper wasps, gall wasps, potter wasps, mud daubers, and termites. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.
People say insects are the food of the future. They’re more environmentally sustainable and more humane than other sources of animal protein. Can eating insects really catch on in Western diets? In this episode, host Joe Hanson tries a variety of foods made from insects and along the way learns that eating bugs isn’t really that new for humans. Part of the "It's Okay to Be Smart" series.
Climb aboard the Cyclops, a microscopic research vessel, and investigate an amazing hidden world on which all living things depend. The Cyclops houses a team of scientists known as the Micronauts and guides them through their discoveries of biological classification, diversity, and ecology. In this episode, the Cyclops is washed out of the pond and tumbles into a rapidly flowing stream. In the rapids, they discover aquatic insects living under rocks. Through their careful observations, the Micronauts learn the insects are adapted for living on water-swept rocks. Part 7 of the Microscopic Monsters Series.
This episode explores the necessary and yet often times annoying relationship between humans and insects. Some of the insects highlighted include honey bees, driver ants, silk worms, locusts, Anopheles mosquitos, aphids, money spiders, and army ants. Part of the "Nature's Micorworlds: Insect Specials" series.
Most of the world's insects undergo one of two types of metamorphosis: complete and incomplete. Uses the praying mantis to show an incomplete metamorphosis and the Monarch butterfly as an example of a complete metamorphosis. Includes general characteristics of insects, and gives several examples of both types of changes.
Insects can be found in baking deserts, lush rainforests, and all points in between. For most, their size seems insignificant; however, the influence insects have on the planet is immense. They make it possible for reptiles, amphibians, and mammals to exist. Part of the "Nature's Microworlds: Insect Specials" series.
The garden gets many visitors from insects and animals. Gardeners work hard to keep destructive pests out of the garden, but they also welcome animals that are helpful to the plants in the garden. Part of the "Four Seasons in the Garden" series.
This episode focuses on the adaptations of arachnids and insects. Spiders inhabit backyards that design and build intricate silk webs. They have also developed numerous adaptations that make them efficient predators. Backyards also have insects living above and below the water's surface. More amazing adaptations are introduced including incomplete metamorphosis, eye development, and remarkable breathing apparatus. Part of the "Backyard Bugs & Other Arthropods" series.
Bullet ants have the most intense sting of any insect, and in this episode, host Emily Graslie learns what makes their sting so painful. She visits with Dr. Corrie Moreau and witnesses how she extracts their venom to learn more about its chemical makeup. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series. Please note this title shows the dissection of insects.
Parasitoid insects are veritable serial killers, and they play a major role in the regulation of insect populations. Scientific research on the lines of a criminal investigation reveals how these killers behave and what remarkable capabilities they have. In basic research, parasitoids make excellent models for behavioral ecology studies. They are also used in applied research, notably for biological control, where they can serve as precious auxiliaries for controlling crop pests. Parasitoids still have many secrets to reveal, and new research avenues are opening up.
Students investigate the major characteristics of familiar and unusual insects that inhabit the planet. Concepts and terminology include invertebrate, six legs, and exoskeleton.
What is an insect? Explore the narrator’s backyard to get an up-close look at some tiny friends. Students will learn the common characteristics of insects. Part of the “Everyday Science for Preschoolers” series.
This episode features the migration of the monarch butterfly from the forests of central Mexico to the mountains of Canada. Dr. Fred Urquhart details his 40-year quest to discover the secrets of these insects. Part of the "Journey With Dylan Dreyer" series.
This program explores how arthropod biodiversity helps humans. Insects are both producers and decomposers, and these functions are essential to the health of the planet. Part of the "Backyard Bugs & Other Arthropods" series.
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