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the self care of insects (grooming, mlyt)
March 19, 2012 11:47 AM   Subscribe

Listen to the Bug Bytes episode Scrub a Dub Bug, then head on over to youtube where you can see various insects cleaning themselves: Lacewing, bumblebee, probably a bee, praying mantis, parasitic wasp
posted by oonh (8 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
I saw these people at our local Science Pub. They are great!
posted by Danf at 11:49 AM on March 19, 2012


So much adorable bugness !
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 3:28 PM on March 19, 2012


OH MY GOD THIS IS SO CUUUUUUUUTE ♥ thankyouthankyouthankyou

i felt like a voyeur watching the mantis
posted by egypturnash at 4:22 PM on March 19, 2012


THANK YOU! This is fantastic.

My kid was just negotiating with me for more computer time, and I agreed to it on two conditions: That it's Somewhat Educational and it will be My Choice. This is way better than making an eight year old read the NYTimes article about the Cupcake Wars... it's as good as Strangely Adorable Spider!
posted by peagood at 4:56 PM on March 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


That parasitic wasp seems to be beatboxing while she (he?) grooms.
posted by madamjujujive at 5:21 PM on March 19, 2012


Oh wow I can watch bugs do their thing for hours at a time, this is great!
posted by Joe Chip at 8:32 PM on March 19, 2012


On a summer day, when the occasion has arisen, I've enjoyed watching flies and ants groom themselves. Here is a lovely macro HD example of a fly. And an example of an ant grooming.

It's been one of those things never talked about with anybody, something private, a tiny gem of an experience, personal, on par with an Emily Dickinson moment. Something intimate looking at others' videos of insects grooming.
posted by nickyskye at 8:53 PM on March 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


The one listed as "probably a bee" is actually a fly.
posted by onhazier at 6:24 AM on March 20, 2012


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