Fighting insects

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Fascination with insects

  • The ladybug transformation: this is how a lion becomes a beetle

    This video is about very popular insects: ladybugs! The result of ladybug sex is remarkable: a female lays up to 400 eggs per season! The video shows why the beetles are venerated as a “gift from Mother of God”.

  • Praying Mantis: This is why sex is fatal for males!

    This video is about why it can be beneficial for females to eat the males after mating. The praying mantis is a fishing insect - and not only other insects get into the catches of the females, but also the males. The video shows why this is so.

  • Beetles: They're so clever to save themselves from enemies!

    In this video we show how different types of beetles (bombardier beetles, click beetles or fire smith and ladybirds) repel their enemies - for example with chemical weapons! There are also in the animal kingdom. In this way, the bombardier beetle drives away ants, for example! And the beetles have other tricks up their sleeves for repelling enemies.

  • How aphids live: babies make without sex!

    In this video we show what makes aphids so successful: Suddenly they are there - explosively! Aphids can reproduce without sex, and they also have clever strategies to avoid being eaten by grazing goats!

  • Bees: This is how they are bitten to death by hornets!

    In this video we show a deadly attack on honey bees because: Bees can be delicious prey. If hornets take the chance, things can happen quickly! But the bees can also show themselves merciless - towards their own conspecifics!

  • The ant lion: this is how his victims fight for survival!

    The video shows how the ant lion has perfected its prey hunt: it digs a sandy pit for them, lurks underground - and snaps. But not every victim surrenders to the ant lion without resistance.

  • This is how stag beetles fight for a female!

    This video shows the developmental stages of the stag beetle - from the fight of the adult males to the mating with the females to the pupation of the next generation underground. The stag beetle's “antlers” are actually their upper jaw - and not just important for the males' fight. The tool is already clearly recognizable in the pupal stage!

  • This is how bugs hunt - even fish and snails!

    In this video we show the different strategies the beetles use to hunt: the fire beetle, for example, can dive and hunt fish for up to half an hour! The black snail hunter, on the other hand, has specialized in breaking through the slimy barrier of snails. If humans were as fast as the tiger beetle, we could run 700 kilometers per hour! The methods of hunting the different species of beetles are just amazing!

  • Fireflies: This is how the partner search works!

    The video shows how males and females of fireflies - or rather fireflies - find each other. With their backside, fireflies generate light - more efficiently than any other human light source! Everything serves only one goal: sex!

  • Carrion, excrement - everything that stinks: this is how insects clean up the earth!

    The video shows, among other things, how quickly insects can bring a mouse under the ground! Each day, pill-turner eats as much excrement as it weighs itself: the beetles clear away the heaps and use them. The gravedigger also lives up to his job ...

  • Dragonflies: That's how fast they hunt in air and water

    The video shows, among other things, in fascinating time-lapse footage how a dragonfly unfolds and hardens its wings after hatching from its larval shell. Dragonflies have gills in their intestines and can fly. The predators snap so quickly that their prey has no chance. And the sex in the air is like an acrobatic number ...

  • This is how a butterfly wanders 1000 kilometers across the Alps!

    In the video we show two strategies that butterflies use to hibernate. Particularly fascinating: How a small animal like a butterfly can travel more than 1000 kilometers across the Alps. That is why the admiral undertakes this show of strength: the admiral is a butterfly that avoids the cold. Many animals therefore migrate south across the Alps in autumn. The frost wrenches, however, pursue a different strategy.

  • This is how catchy tunes take care of their offspring!

    The video gives insights into the world of catchy tunes that otherwise only remains hidden from us. Or who has ever seen a catchy mother defend her eggs against a spider? So catchy tunes can definitely pinch - especially when it comes to intruders who want to eat the offspring. Incredible pictures from inside an earwig's nest!