Friday, 29 July 2011

Mesmerising pollinators - the importance & beauty of Bees, Bats & Hummingbirds 'Wings of Life' @tedtalks

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Pollination: it's vital to life on Earth, but largely unseen by the human eye. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images from his film "Wings of Life," inspired by the vanishing of one of nature's primary pollinators, the honeybee.

This video starts with an introduction by Louie before a mesmerising montage of shots from the film including pollinating bees, bats and hummingbirds. (If you want to skip straight to the beauty then it starts at 3:16).

And while we're in the plant pollination mood here's an interesting story hot of the press - BBC news

Plant evolved bat-beckoning beacon

A rainforest vine has evolved dish-shaped leaves to attract the bats that pollinate it. Tests revealed that the leaves were supremely efficient at bouncing back the sound pulses the flying mammals used to navigate. When the leaves were present the bats located the plant twice as quickly as when these echoing leaves were removed. Read more

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