A Flea’s Fantastic Jump Takes More Than Muscle | Deep Look

Sometimes, to get where you want in life, you need to go all out. Fleas need to get off the ground and on to someone they can exploit. That’s bad news if you’ve got fur or feathers. There are more than 2000 flea species. Each partial to its own kind Continue Reading

Kangaroo Rats Are Furry, Spring-Loaded Ninjas | Deep Look

Under cover of darkness, the world is a safer place for a kangaroo rat. It’s mostly hidden from predators, while it searches for seeds – its main source of food and water in this harsh California desert. But it’s not totally safe Ok, let’s slow that down. Like some kind Continue Reading

A Tsetse Fly Births One Enormous Milk-Fed Baby | Deep Look

We mammals like to think we’re pretty special, right? We don’t lay eggs. We feed our babies milk. Well, this very pregnant fly is about to prove us wrong. Yep, this tsetse fly is in labor. And that emerging bundle of joy is her larva. While other insects can lay Continue Reading

The Curious Webspinner Insect Knits a Cozy Home | Deep Look

Ok, under a log, you uncover a wispy white web. You’re thinking: spider. Not so fast. This maze of woven silk has nothing to do with arachnids. It’s actually created by a kind of insect called a webspinner. They’re related to stick insects and praying mantises. Never heard of ’em? Continue Reading

Kidnapper Ants Steal Other Ants’ Babies – And Brainwash Them | Deep Look

You’re watching Deep Look’s 100th episode. Think we should do 100 more? Then support us on Patreon. Link is in the description. These ants are planning a heist. They don’t have a choice. They can’t feed themselves on their own. But they’re not plotting to steal food. They steal other Continue Reading

This Vibrating Bumblebee Unlocks a Flower’s Hidden Treasure | Deep Look

This buzzing is a secret password. The key to a lock. What this bumblebee is after is pollen. Bumblebees eat pollen. It’s high in protein. But the flower doesn’t want to give it to just anyone. So it hides it away, in those bright yellow anthers… For a flower, that’s Continue Reading

How Lice Turn Your Hair Into Their Jungle Gym | Deep Look

It can start as an itch. Maybe a tickle on your scalp. It’s head lice. Tiny and tenacious. Thanks to millions of years of evolution, these suckers are not easy to get rid of. You might end up in a salon, but not the kind for haircuts. Young lice are Continue Reading

Beautiful wasp zombifies cockroach

In the African savannah lives a very interesting creature. This is Ampulex compressa, the Jeweled Cockroach wasp. She is on the hunt for something. And this is it. A cockroach. She approaches it carefully as the roach is far bigger than she is. Once she is close enough she strikes! Continue Reading

Porcupines Give You 30,000 Reasons to Back Off | Deep Look

You can now support Deep Look on Patreon. Details after the show. Razor Sharp. Designed to impale. And next to impossible to remove. The fearsome creature that wields these weapons? Aw, look at that face. A North American Porcupine may be slow, but she doesn’t have much to worry about Continue Reading

These Hairworms Eat a Cricket Alive and Control Its Mind | Deep Look

The day starts normally enough. You give your pet some food and water. But later … … in your pet’s water dish, you find this. A hairworm. It didn’t get here on its own. It came out of a little cricket. Don’t believe me? OK. These hairworms are gnarly parasites. Continue Reading