Insect Connect
Insect Connect
Insect Connect
University of California
Insect Connect

Insect videos

Using the videos

Some ecological phenomenon are best captured on video! Here is a collection of up close insects being insects. Links to the videos on YouTube are provided. These videos may be used in presentations, but please credit Kevi Mace and UC Cooperative Extension. 

Lady beetle eating

Adult lady beetle eating an aphid. Lady beetles chew their prey and can eat many aphids in one sitting. 

<img src="http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/media/sb3#fileinfo.filenum#.png" alt="Image from Flash Video" />

Video credit: Kevi Mace

 Video also available on YouTube https://youtu.be/q02Te9dLRLc

Lacewing larva eating an aphid

Lacewing larvae feed by inserting their pointy mouthparts into their prey and sucking out the insides. You can see this in the video as the aphid gets smaller and smaller.

<img src="http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/media/sb3#fileinfo.filenum#.png" alt="Image from Flash Video" />

Video credit: Kevi Mace

 Video also available on YouTube https://youtu.be/Lg5JYhYsbqk

Bee fly pollinating

<img src="http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/media/sb3#fileinfo.filenum#.png" alt="Image from Flash Video" />

Video credit: Kevi Mace

Video also available on youtube https://youtu.be/JGuKmffjZ60

Bees

Bees in a flowering basil. Some plants, like this basil, are very attractive to pollinators. On the resources page, you can find information on pollinator friendly plants. 

Video credit: Kevi Mace

<img src="http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/media/sb3#fileinfo.filenum#.png" alt="Image from Flash Video" />

Video also available on YouTube https://youtu.be/PMJRAKpKEk0

Green bee digging a nest

Bees in the genus Agapostema (family Hymenoptera) are shiny metalic green. They dig burrows in the ground for nests. This video shows a female Agapostema sp bee digging her nest. 

<img src="http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/media/sb3#fileinfo.filenum#.png" alt="Image from Flash Video" />

Video credit: Kevi Mace

Video is also available on YouTube https://youtu.be/gbMrxqinGkg

Syrphid larva

Syrphid larva moving amongst aphids. Syrphids eat aphids, but this one had already eaten its fill and wasn't interested in food. 

<img src="http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/media/sb3#fileinfo.filenum#.png" alt="Image from Flash Video" />

Video credit: Kevi Mace

Video also available on YouTube https://youtu.be/OZHVQtJjGSM

Aphid shedding its exoskeleton

Because insect have their skeletons on the outside of their body, they have to shed the exoskeleton in order to grow. This video shows an aphid shedding its old exoskeleton. After it emerges the new exoskeleton will harden. 

<img src="http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/media/sb3#fileinfo.filenum#.png" alt="Image from Flash Video" />

Video credit: Kevi Mace

Video is also available on YouTube https://youtu.be/-hoEq15L3bk

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