A life view at the magnificent world of insects
Here you can see movies of insects, seen from the insect’s perspective. Just like we do with our macrophotography, we have put the camera at the insect eye’s level to get the best impression of insect behavior. It’s both beautiful and horrible, let’s be happy that these animals are not as big as we are.... The movies are made with a video camera equipped with macro lens, or by mounting thousands of macro photo’s into a sequence (time lapse photography) or by folding macrophoto’s as a digital skin over computer generated shapes and bring these shapes alive......photorealistic animation. Movies are in quicktime format. Click here to download plugin if movies don’t play and your browser doesn’t suggest what to do.
Joop van Loon, Wageningen University for advice. Available in standard DVD quality.
Urs Wyss, Institute of Phytopathology, University of Kiel, Germany. Available in standard DVD quality
Blood feeding by the malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae. You can see here how the mosquito walks over the skin to find a suitable spot and then inserts its stylet. Soon therafter dark red coloration of the abdomen is visible. After a while, droplets excess liquid are expelled from the rectum. When ready, the mosquito flies away. Several longer sequences including searching on skin are available. Thanks to Dr Yu Tong Qiu for advice. Available in standard DVD quality
Parasitic wasp larva escape from their host. Time-lapse series spanning events lasting 7 days. After a parasitic wasp has laid her eggs into a caterpillar host (see “spectacular parasitation behavior”) the caterpillar has continued to feed and grow, and finally developed into the fifth larval instar. Inside the caterpillar, the parasitic wasp larva have developed too.....Just prior to the normal molting of the caterpillar into the pupal stage, the larva of the parasites escape from the body of the caterpillar, spin a cocoon and develop into an adult wasp. They manage to leave the caterpillar without spilling a single drop of blood, saving the life of their host. The caterpillar lives on for a few more days, not to become an adult butterfly, but as a kind of zombie, protecting the cocoons of the parasitic wasps by spinning a layer of protective silk over the cocoons, and attacking everything that approaches, until its parasitized body finally perishes. Available in HD quality resolution from diverse viewing angles.