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Sharpshooter Insects are Real Wizzes at Whizzing

Season 11 Episode 3 | 3m 57s

Sharpshooters survive by guzzling a lot of plant sap. But drinking all of that liquid nutrition presents a problem for these tiny insects: How do they move it all out? Easy. They've perfected a super-propulsive urination technique using a special catapult in their butt.

Aired: 02/27/24
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Stingless bees don’t have stingers. So, how do they keep honey thieves away?
After cochineals die, their legacy lives on in the brilliant red hue produced by their hemolymph!
Those rows of orange cluster under a fern leaf are spores waiting to be catapulted away.
These tiny marine flatworms are smaller than a grain of rice but have amazing abilities!
Corals create an underwater "snowstorm" by sending tiny white spheres up the water column.
Ever wonder how those tiny, jumpy flies got onto your bathroom wall?
Jellyfish clone themselves by morphing into a stack of squirming jellyfish pancakes.
As temperatures rise, the brown dog tick is more likely to feast on you.
This fuzzy acorn weevil uses her snout to drill through an acorn's shell.
Beekeepers and scientists are helping honeybees fight off varroa mites.