Beauty in your backyard

If only we had high-resolution eyes that could see in slow motion! Fortunately, we have cameras, and so we can feast our peepers on “The beauty of pollination”. Take four minutes and appreciate your world a little more.

The three highlights for me were the hummingbird aerobatics at aobut 0:35, the bat pollinators starting about two minutes in, and, of course, the monarch swarm at the end.

The YouTube notes:

This video was shown at the TED conference in 2011, with scenes from “Wings of Life”, a film about the threat to essential pollinators that produce over a third of the food we eat. The seductive love dance between flowers and pollinators sustains the fabric of life and is the mystical keystone event where the animal and plant worlds intersect that make the world go round.

It’s in high-def, so be sure to watch it on your biggest screen.

h/t: Chris


  1. James C. Trager
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Hummingbirds sure are feisty little buggers.

    • Marella
      Posted August 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      The obviously remember their dinosaur ancestry.

  2. jesperbothpedersen1
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    The bats are awesome. One of my favourite animals.

    Never heard of DisneyNature before so I did a quick search on youtube. Plenty of small teasers.

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    • teacupoftheapocalypse
      Posted August 1, 2013 at 11:22 am | Permalink

      My wife and I love bats, and bees, too. We’ve built a series of small bat roosts and bee hotels for the garden here in Oxford and at our other house on the outskirts of Vienna. We have a greater variety of bee in the Vienna ‘hotels’ than in Oxford, which is not really much of a surprise, as there is also a far greater variety of moth and, it seems, a greater abundance of insects in general – we have crickets some fantastic hawk moths in Vienna, but not in Oxford, for instance.

      A few evenings ago, I was in the garden in Oxford, at dusk, watching a couple of bats flit around catching insects. I felt something like a moth land on my head, but before I was able to reach up and catch it, what felt like tiny claws gently scratched my scalp. I looked up just in time to see a bat careering away. I can only assume that the bat had been tracking the moth and saw it’s chance when it stopped on my head.

      • teacupoftheapocalypse
        Posted August 1, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink


      • jesperbothpedersen1
        Posted August 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

        Well done and please keep up the good work. We need all the bees we can get these days. They’re dropping like flies.

        There’s a ton of bats around these parts and every evening around dusk you can hear some of their low frequency pitches. Too me that’s just as lovely as birds singing. 🙂

  3. Desnes Diev
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Splendid images!

    I was surprised to see a young attached on the belly of a foraging bat (around 2’40”). I was thinking that the youngs stayed in some kind of nursery in the cave.

    Desnes Diev

  4. Posted August 1, 2013 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Awesome! (I am awed.)


  5. Diana MacPherson
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Now I know what the hummingbirds are trying to do to each other when they fight. I thought they just dive bombed but they are trying to spear each other with their beaks, the ornery little beasts!

    I liked the green bees, especially when they were surrounding the flowers like bad asses. I’ve only seen 2 green bees ever & they are supposed to be our native bee but I’ve heard they are somewhat out competed by the imported bees.

  6. Sidd
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    At 0:34 is the hummingbird creating a vortex of air to spin the bee out of control? If so that’s quite amazing.

  7. Posted August 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, very beautiful.
    Butterfly counters are wondering what happened to all the monarchs this year. Numbers are way down.

  8. Larry Gay
    Posted August 2, 2013 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    I had never thought of bats as pollinators before, but you can see how good at it they are.

    • Pete Moulton
      Posted August 2, 2013 at 4:30 am | Permalink

      Yes, certain species of bats are important pollinators of our iconic saguaros and other cactuses here in Arizona. Some of the most interesting cactuses, like the night-blooming cereus, aka the Arizona queen of the night, have coevolved with bats specifically for nocturnal pollination. Their flowers are closed or wilted not long after sunrise.

  9. quine001
    Posted August 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Wow. Watching that was four minutes of my life that felt exemplary of life itself.

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