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Scorpions Are Predators With a Sensitive Side

3m 56s

Look past their grasping claws and lightning-fast stingers, and you’ll see scorpions have a delicate pair of comb-like organs on their belly called pectines. These sensory body parts help them navigate, and figure out who’s a menace, a meal or a mate.

Episodes

  • Scorpions Are Predators With a Sensitive Side: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Scorpions Are Predators With a Sensitive Side

    S8 E9 - 3m 56s

    Look past their grasping claws and lightning-fast stingers, and you’ll see scorpions have a delicate pair of comb-like organs on their belly called pectines. These sensory body parts help them navigate, and figure out who’s a menace, a meal or a mate.

  • The Undying Hydra: A Mini-Monster That Defies Aging: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Undying Hydra: A Mini-Monster That Defies Aging

    S8 E8 - 4m 52s

    Could this tiny creature, named after a mythical multiheaded monster, hold the secret to eternal youth? Related to jellyfish and anemones, the hydra has an almost otherworldly ability to heal itself and stave off aging.

  • Leaf Miner Fly Babies Scribble All Over Your Salad: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Leaf Miner Fly Babies Scribble All Over Your Salad

    S8 E7 - 4m 25s

    This fly’s larvae tunnel inside bitter-tasting greens like arugula and kale, leaving squiggly marks behind. The plants fight back with toxic chemicals. So before laying her eggs, the fly mom digs into a leaf and slurps its sap – a taste test to find the least toxic spot for her offspring.

  • Why Did the Mexican Jumping Bean Jump?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why Did the Mexican Jumping Bean Jump?

    S8 E6 - 4m 15s

    To find its place in the shade! Each hollowed-out seed is home to a head-banging moth larva, just trying to survive the harsh Sonoran Desert sun.

  • Firebrats and Silverfish Are Rocking Some Old-School Looks: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Firebrats and Silverfish Are Rocking Some Old-School Looks

    S8 E4 - 4m 36s

    What *is* that bizarre fish-shaped thing squirming in your sink at night? Firebrats and silverfish are pretty darn similar to some of the earliest insects on Earth. With three long filaments poking out their back, no wings and mini-me babies, they have something to teach us about survival.

  • These Acrobatic Beach Hoppers Shred All Night Long: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    These Acrobatic Beach Hoppers Shred All Night Long

    S8 E3 - 4m 11s

    As the sun sets, hordes of tiny crustaceans called beach hoppers – also known as sand hoppers – emerge from underground burrows to frolic and feast. They eat so much decaying seaweed and other beach wrack that by morning all that’s left are ghostly outlines in the sand.

  • These Mites Rain Down To Save Your Strawberries: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    These Mites Rain Down To Save Your Strawberries

    S8 E2 - 4m 12s

    Two tiny mites duke it out on strawberry plants throughout California. One is a spider mite that sucks the juices out of the delicious crop and destroys it. The other, persimilis, is a crafty predator that growers drop by the thousands from high-tech drones to protect their fields.

  • These Silk-Swinging Caterpillars Will Ruin Your Picnic: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    These Silk-swinging Caterpillars Will Ruin Your Picnic

    S8 E1 - 4m

    California oak moth caterpillars eat all the leaves on an oak, leaving a brown skeleton. Then they rappel down on a strand of silk, twirling and swinging. If you were enjoying the shade, good luck getting out of their way. For the oak, the caterpillars are a bigger deal –– will the tree survive?

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