Amazing natural metamorphosis: dragonflies and ladybugs

Metamorphosis is one of the wonders of nature, during which the body changes one body to another. In the next video review – the most interesting metamorphosis in nature.

One of the notable commercials of our favorite video channel Beauty of Science is “Metamorphosis of a dragonfly”. A masterpiece of macro shooting in slown-moaning was shot on the camera of the usual iPhone 6S, and the main events unfolded a little less than 12 hours, between March 25 and 26, 2017.


 
“Metamorphosis is a real miracle of nature,” the creators of Beauty of Science write. In fact, how else to call a phenomenon that is hardly capable of “fit” in the human head. We can not imagine what it’s like to change several bodies for life, completely different in appearance and in character, as is the case with insects. Adults and sexually mature individuals occupy completely different ecological niches and do not compete with each other, and metamorphosis literally “disassembles” one body and collects completely different.

By the way, not only insects are capable of this – other known example of “body change” can be called amphibians. Metabolism of frogs Lithobates sylvaticus in his home aquarium was taken by Natureworth channel lead Douglas Collicutt: seven weeks of development and transformations are compressed into a seven-minute video.

However, it is the insects that experience the most impressive metamorphosis, and in general are distinguished by a very complicated life cycle, during which they are able to switch to different types of nutrition and modes of movement, conditions of life and size. Let’s take a look at the story of the ordinary ladybug, which in the video of the Wilflife Theater project resembles an adventure novel full of love passions, cruel predation and even cannibalism.

It is interesting that metamorphosis occurs with lampreys. These edible fish are popular since time immemorial, but until the XIX century. no one knew that small sandblasters – these are the larvae of the same lamprey. Hatching from the larvae, they grow in muddy ground, feeding on small organisms and a suspension of nutrients that are filtered out of the water. After metamorphosis, the adult lamprey is carried to the deep water and sucked in to the fish, becoming its parasite – and a famous delicacy. The riddle of the complex life cycle of lamprey has occupied natural scientists since antiquity, and a short story about it is worth listening to in the animation of the London Zoological Society – we recommend including subtitles.