Slow Motion Moths

The natural world is a strange and beautiful place. But sometimes it takes a new way of looking to appreciate it. Take moths. You might know them as those annoying dull things that gather round lights at night and eat holes in your favourite jumpers. Well this video of beautiful technicolour moths taking off, filmed at 6,000 fps, will make you think again.

As  Dr. Adrian Smith, of North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University who made this stunning video says:

“I think all of science boils down to trying to do things in order to see and appreciate the world in a new way. Most of the time that means doing experiments, gathering data, and testing hypotheses. But sometimes I think the most useful thing I can do as a scientist is to point the fancy science cameras at some moths flapping their wings in front of a purple backdrop. I mean, who’s day isn’t going to be better after watching a pink and yellow rosy maple moth flying in super slow motion?”

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