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The Ants and the Sugar Cubes

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This video shows ant culture and society as you've never seen it before!

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The Ladybug and the Hungry Flies (Housefly Thanksgiving)

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This poor ladybug can't even find someone to play with! Those flies are just too greedy to be good playmates.

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Power Rocket Mosquito

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If only NASA had watched this video before spending billions of dollars on the space program!

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The Ladybugs' Sunday Outing

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A Ladybug family goes out for a Sunday flight with their three offspring. One of these youngsters is a wee bit hyperactive and sets out on a series of adventures of her own, as detailed in this video.

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The LadyBird Educates her Youngsters

Nov 12 2009 Published by under Art & Photography, Humor, Insects, Streaming videos

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A Ladybird educates her youngsters into the challenges and pleasures of life.

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Minuscule Ladybug Bombs Dragonflies

Nov 10 2009 Published by under Art & Photography, Humor, Insects, Streaming videos

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This is a silly video that will make you smile.

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Capture Some of the Magic in the World with Ant Farms and Microscopes

Oct 24 2009 Published by under Education, Insects, Teaching

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I have a confession to make: I love ant farms. I love them so much that one of my readers bought me an ant farm to cheer me up shortly after I lost my funding and was experiencing a long run of bad luck in my job search -- the financial stress and loss of self esteem were almost unbearable. But even though I am an adult (well, I'm told I look like an adult), I found hours of joy watching "my ants." But imagine how eye-opening an ant farm would be for a bunch of impoverished second-graders who have never seen or experienced how these fascinating little insects live? As if that is not enough, how about adding a microscope and a set of prepared slides to the package? By the time I was in second grade, I had only seen a friend's ant farm but I had never looked through a microscope -- which was another transformative experience for me that ultimately led me to pursue my bachelor's degree in Microbiology. But I was a country kid with more opportunity to experience nature than most kids have now. This classroom project might provide the only opportunity that these impoverished city kids might ever have to look through a microscope or to watch an ant farm community in action.

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Life Cycle of the Honeybee in Less than Ten Minutes

Oct 14 2009 Published by under Biology, Insects, Streaming videos, Teaching

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The life cycle of a honey bee is presented in this video as an example of complete metamorphosis, the development of an insect from egg to larva, then pupa, then adult. Moths, butterflies and wasps also develop with complete metamorphosis. Some aspects of beekeeping are also discussed in this video.

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POSTPONED: NYC Area Cricket Crawl

Sep 11 2009 Published by under Education, Environment, Insects, NYC life, Zoology

The cricket sang,
And set the sun,
And workmen finished, one by one,
Their seam the day upon.
The low grass loaded with the dew,
The twilight stood as strangers do
With hat in hand, polite and new,
To stay as if, or go.
A vastness, as a neighbor, came,--
A wisdom without face or name,
A peace, as hemispheres at home,--
And so the night became.
~ Emily Dickinson
This is the cutest event I've heard of for NYC: a night spent counting crickets and katydids.

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Tomorrow Night: NYC Area Cricket Crawl

Sep 10 2009 Published by under Education, Environment, Insects, NYC life, Zoology

The cricket sang,
And set the sun,
And workmen finished, one by one,
Their seam the day upon.
The low grass loaded with the dew,
The twilight stood as strangers do
With hat in hand, polite and new,
To stay as if, or go.
A vastness, as a neighbor, came,--
A wisdom without face or name,
A peace, as hemispheres at home,--
And so the night became.
~ Emily Dickinson
This is the cutest event I've heard of for NYC: a night spent counting crickets and katydids.

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