Two Giant Killer Hornet Colonies Fight to the Death


[MUSIC PLAYING] NARRATOR: The Samurai scouts
bring news that there’s an army on its way. [BUZZING] They rally the troops. But it’s too late. The Bamboo Battalion is on them. The Rock Samurais are ambushed
at their own entrance. When times are tough,
giant killer hornets turn on their kind. It’s like on like,
giant on giant. Claws, stingers, and mandibles,
all weapons deployed and heads will roll. Disabling the enemy is
the primary strategy. Beheading and severing
limbs, the mandibles are the ultimate weapon of war. It’s impossible to
determine who’s winning until the pillaging starts. The marauding Bamboo
giants enter the fortress. They’re conquered
the Rock Samurais and they’ve struck gold. The precious nursery of
developing princesses is ransacked, next year’s
queens killed and cannibalized in their chambers. The sentry can do nothing
but witness the devastation of her precious family.

Bee and PuppyCat Part 2 – Too Cool! Cartoons – Cartoon Hangover Shorts #4

Bee and PuppyCat Part 2 – Too Cool! Cartoons – Cartoon Hangover Shorts #4


Whaaaaaaat- Theeeeeeeeeeeee- Incoming. Why – yeeeee! Welcome, PuppyCat. You look different. And
hello, unrecognized intruder. Unfortunately, due to increased security measures, you must
now be incinerated. Whoah . . . Hey, you talk! . . . kind . . . of . . . Oh! Like a trainee-shadow? Welcome! Initiating
uniform assignment! Peeeeewwwww! Uhhh . . . No. . . No, no, no, no, NO! I DON’T LIKE THIS
OUTFIT! Please proceed to fishbowl space. Aaaaaaah Aaaahhhh Bleeauuuuugh Let me know when you’re done! Um . . . What are we doing? Hi, Wallaaace. What’s wrong?
I miss my mama . . . She’s been gone FOREVER. Awwwww . . . Do you want something to drink? No thank you. You want a snack?
No. You wanna nap? No. He’s so sad . . . Can I have a story? And then what? That’s your ending? That’s awful! And very- -INTERESTING. Wahhhh! I knew it was you! Pretending it’s just a fairy tale- -lying to children, making them look up to a hero; Uhh . . .? who, in really, is just an awful monster. Awwww, SIIIIICK! Puppycat!! Let him GO!! I’m gonna kill you! A la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la!!! [groans] Don’t tell me what to dooooo! Wah wah wah! Ok . . . Why, what’s that gonna do . . . WHATEVER. Gwaauuugh! Whoah! Geeze . . . Hey . . . was that story you told that fish true? Ooh, did you forget how to talk again? Aaaaaaahhhh! Waauugh! Ooof. Oh, my God; I’m so glad there wasn’t anything sharp on my couch! Whooo . . . Bleh! Wow! Hey! Caaa-aashh! Whoah! Thank you! And thanks for not letting temp bot burn me
up. I think . . . I’m gonna use my money to get Deckard a casserole since he bought me a casserole. Whatcha’ usin’ your money for? Oh, ignoring me again? Fine. I liked your fairy tale, Puppycat. If you want, I can help you figure out a nice ending . . . Hangover!

Cockroaches Are Indestructible, And the Secret Is in Their Genome

Cockroaches Are Indestructible, And the Secret Is in Their Genome


Once, when I was in college, I saw a cockroach
crawl out of the sink drain in my dorm. Like, out of the depths of the sewer, and
into my dorm room. I have never been the same. Ever. But it turns out, roaches could do some good
in the world because their genetic code, which was recently fully sequenced, provides surprising
insight into their seemingly eternal survival. Now we have a better idea of just why cockroaches
are so freaking hard to kill: THEY’RE EVOLVING. Not only can cockroaches multiply seemingly
infinitely, regenerate from traumatizing wounds, fit into any crevice, survive incredibly forceful
physical extermination, evolve to evade chemical apocalypse…but despite their inherent gross
factor, they may also hold an important key to help us understand how to improve our own
biology. Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences
have sequenced the entire genome of the American cockroach for the first time ever, and their
genome is surprisingly huge. The research team found genes indicating that
when under stress, female cockroaches can lay unfertilized eggs that will still hatch
due to parthenogenesis–which is quite literally virgin birth. (This gives a whole new meaning to, “Jesus,
cockroaches!”) This is observed in other insects too, like
certain kinds of wasps, bees and ants, as well as some reptiles, and only requires one
parent’s genetic code. No sex required. Just crazy science coolness. This reproductive method means that when mom
detects an environment she suspects may not allow her to live much longer, she’ll just
plop down some ready-made eggs to make sure her genes survive. You may think you’ve killed one cockroach,
but unbeknownst to you, there are more spawning elsewhere…. Additionally, the research team uncovered
the genes and genetic regulation pathways responsible for the cockroach’s ability
to regenerate limbs. Offshoots of this research have lead to the
development of a drug in China that’s based on an ethanol found in cockroaches, and is
being touted as potentially useful in human medicine for wound healing and tissue repair. They also identified the genes responsible
for in-body anti-microbial production, which keeps cockroaches safe while they’re rooting
around in the sewage and trash. This could be part of the reason that cockroaches
have a tendency to become resistant to our extermination methods. While the genome that was recently sequenced
is that of the American cockroach, other research has indicated that its cousin the German cockroach
has evolved to dislike the taste of the poison bait we’ve been putting out to kill it–instead
of tasting irresistibly sweet, it now tastes bitter to them, and they avoid it, so we’re
having a hard time finding something that could kill it. Now that we have a better understand the cockroach
genome, we might be able to kill them more effectively which is something we’d like
to do because they’re gross and they spread plague. No seriously, they carry hella disease. But, another point in the cockroach’s favor, they can help us improve our robotics. These tiny bugs can withstand over 900 times
their body weight in crushing force, and are able to squeeze into so many places (LIKE
DORM ROOMS) by compressing themselves to almost a third of their full size. Both of these superpowers are due to their
exoskeleton, which is hard but also “jointed” and flexible. Experts say that if we could make bots with
these features, we could revolutionize fields like search and rescue, with the bots able
to access areas of disaster zones that humans and other traditional search animals could
never penetrate. There’s still a long way to go in this area
of research, but it’s going to be interesting to see what we can learn from animals like
this, and what we can take from their genetic mechanisms to use for our own benefit. For more exciting facts about our arthropod
friends, make sure you subscribe, and check out this video on the bugs that may be in
your food. Turns out, people who seem allergic to chocolate
or coffee may just be reacting to the pieces of cockroach that find their way in there
during the manufacturing process. Yup, I just ruined everything. Thank for watching!

MONSTER BUG WARS | Blood on the Forest Floor | S2E2

MONSTER BUG WARS | Blood on the Forest Floor | S2E2


The bug world is not for the feet-hearted. From the shadows, assassins strike without warning. They’re fast and they’re deadly. You can be impaled, clubbed or torn limb from limb. It’s no exaggeration beside that, this is the insect equivalent of sharp jaws. Death can be instant or drawn out. But it’s coming. (Music) The bug world is full of spies. With a license to kill. In this deadly game of high sticks espionage, any branch or leaf might be. Bug. When a hooded mantis and the Brazilian wandering spider go for the jug-killer. It’s all cloak and dagger. In the jungles of Central America, some of the deadliest predators are masters of the skies. From above or behind, the hooded mantis looks just like a leaf but if you’re a prey and it’s whirring above you, about ready to strike, it looks more like a king cobra, and its bite is just as deadly. Not only is it invisible, the hooded mantis makes other bugs disappear. Like all good spies, the hooded mantis excelles and surveillance. Two huge compound eyes, if the mantis stirious scopic vision and excellent view to a kill. It also deploys two extra long antennae, each lined with tens of thousands of highly sensitive kilo receptors. Free of debris, they pick up the fatest and the transmission. The antennae are consolated detecting chemical and physical information especially when the mantis is sizing up an opponent or prey. This is particularly important when it reaches that stage for the mantis can’t risk taking her eyes off the opponent in case they suddenly launch an attack them their own.

The Smart Way Warthogs Keep Insects at Bay

The Smart Way Warthogs Keep Insects at Bay


NARRATOR: Meet the warthog. They love to roll
around in the mud. Known as wallowing,
it keeps their skin free from ticks and parasites. A mud bath might look messy. But pigs are actually
meticulously clean animals. The wallow also helps them cool
off in the heat of the day. But in the very hottest
months on the savanna, these warthogs face a dilemma. The intense African sun
dries out all the mud, leaving them exposed
to swarms of insects. It’s insufferable, even
with their tough hide. But a handful of smart warthogs
have figured out a solution. They enlist a helping hand– banded mongooses. They’re voracious insect eaters,
spending most of their day on the hunt for food. They patrol the savanna in
gangs of over 20 strong. And with so many mouths
to feed, mongooses need to find a lot of insects. As an insect magnet,
perhaps a warthog could provide a decent snack. Only, its long legs make this
dining table a little too high for a mongoose. So some clever warthogs
have learned to lie down when the gang is around. It sends a very clear message– the mongoose spa is
open for business. Now in range, the mongooses
clean the ticks and lice from all those hard-to-reach places. Pure bliss. It’s the perfect partnership. The warthogs are kept healthy. The mongooses get a
meal, eating their fill without nipping their patrons. Mutually beneficial
relationships like theirs are almost
unheard of between mammals. It’s a brilliant solution
for a nagging problem, one that hints pigs might well
be smarter than we realize.