Slo-mo films of flying insects

Here are some gorgeous videos of flying insects from Ant Lab.  The YouTube notes are below:

Takeoff and flight sequences of insects spanning 8 different taxonomic orders captured at 3,200 fps!

00:00 – intro
01:17 – plume moth
01:20 – firefly
02:32 – painted lichen moth
03:14 – leafroller moth
03:31 – rosy maple moth
04:00 – stonefly (see comment for correct ID)
05:14 – mayflies
06:07 – fishfly
07:00 – aphid
07:42 – scorpionfly
08:10 – lacewing

There’s lots of interesting information here, like that the elytra (wing covers) of beetles also flap when they fly. I like the stonefly and fishfly videos best, as there are four wings in action. But the aphids are really cool, too.


  1. jezgrove
    Posted October 1, 2020 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    An awesome video. I can see how the scorpion fly got its name!

  2. Posted October 1, 2020 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Cool stuff! And yes the rosy maple moth is the best moth.

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted October 1, 2020 at 5:11 pm | Permalink


  4. Mark Jones
    Posted October 1, 2020 at 5:43 pm | Permalink


  5. tjeales
    Posted October 1, 2020 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Just great. it’s interesting how non aerodynamic and non-streamlined insects are for flying through air compared with animals that fly through water

  6. Posted October 1, 2020 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    My cat is a huge fan of the flying insect videos. I like the fanboat method of locomotion by the stonefly, too.

  7. rickflick
    Posted October 1, 2020 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    The Wright brothers could have used this info.

  8. Harrison
    Posted October 2, 2020 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I hate that my mind has become so conspiratorial but it’s entirely possible that Trump is feigning illness as an excuse to bail out of debates and/or to push his bogus cures (“I took hydroxychloroquine and fully recovered!” we might hear in a couple weeks).

    But I hope he really does have it. It’s the least he deserves.

    • Harrison
      Posted October 2, 2020 at 8:41 am | Permalink

      Crap. This was supposed to go in the replies for Friday Dialogue. I have honestly no idea how it ended up here.

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