Watch: Moths And Beetles Take Off In Slow Motion

Insects are truly incredible, but they’re so small that they can be hard to appreciate in real-time.

Thankfully, technology has come a long way and allows us to get a better glimpse at the details and intricacies of insects, even when they’re moving!

Photo: YouTube/Ant Lab

Dr. Adrian Smith with Ant Lab put together a video showing 12 different species of moths and beetles taking flight at 6,000 frames per second.

Ant Lab is the official channel of the Evolutionary Biology & Behavior Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University.

Photo: YouTube/Ant Lab

For the channel, Dr. Smith regularly films insects in flight and allows us to see what different species really look like when taking off and landing. It’s incredible to watch!

Far too often we see bugs, moths, beetles, and even butterflies flying around but it’s hard to fully appreciate their beauty because of how small they are and how fast they move.

Photo: YouTube/Ant Lab

The species featured in the video include a virgin tiger moth, a Clymene moth, a banded tussock moth, a Luna moth, a waved sphinx moth, and a small-eyed sphinx moth. The beetles species include a glowworm beetle, a giant diving beetle, a longhorn alder borer beetle, a flower longhorn beetle, and a longneck ground beetle.

Check out the video below to see these species up close and in slow-mo for yourself:

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