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Massospora, the Parasite That Drugs Cicadas - The Atlantic
“If I had a limb amputated, I probably wouldn’t have a lot of pep in my step,” he said. “But these cicadas do. Something is giving them a bit more energy. The amphetamine could explain that.”
biology  animals  insects  drugs 
17 days ago by heimdalsgate
BEE WAVE - Frans de Waal
When hornets approach, individual workers raise their rear-ends by ninety degrees and shake them in unison. Nearby workers start doing the same and the result is a ripple of booty-shaking that passes over the surface of the hive. The technical term is “shimmering."
bees  sync  collective  behavior  insects  emergence  colony 
4 weeks ago by cwr
The SOUND of Millions of Monarch Butterflies! - YouTube
"How many butterflies does it take to make a noise in the woods? A few million. Watch (and listen!) as these monarchs put on a show at their overwintering site in Mexico.

This was filmed while leading a trip to visit the monarch migration with Atlas Obscura."
sound  multispecies  morethanhuman  butterflies  monarchbutterflies  2019  audio  mexico  nature  insects 
4 weeks ago by robertogreco
This Insect Has The Only Mechanical Gears Ever Found in Nature | Science | Smithsonian
The small hopping insect Issus coleoptratus uses toothed gears on its joints to precisely synchronize the kicks of its hind legs as it jumps forward
insects  interesting 
5 weeks ago by flyingcloud

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