One of the wildest things that happens in nature is caterpillars go to sleep one day and then transform into a damn butterfly after a month. I thought that as a kid, and I still think it now. Like, that’s the closest thing we’ve got to actual sorcery on Earth.
Here’s the life cycle of a monarch butterfly. From the wild green creepy critter crawler caterpillar to the unassuming cocoon to the beautifully complex and intricate butterfly itself. We get to see the entire process and it’s like a magic trick, enter one way and exit completely different. Nature is always the best…
We love real-life spy stories. The gadgetry! The clandestine meetings! The coded messages! But thus far, most spy stories have glossed over the role of butterfly-collecting. That was a terrible mistake.
Gone are the days of nanny cams embedded in teddy bears or CCTV arrays mounted outside your front door. The new home camera Butterfleye represents a new surveillance device that's somewhere in-between—a small, unintrusive device designed for monitoring your home's security, but with smart activity-sensing features…
This image is so weird and rare that you may think it's a bizarre photoshop. It's not—it was taken by aquatic ecologist Carlos de la Rosa, who says it's a extremely rare and unique photo. The butterfly and the bee drank the tears from a Caiman crocodilus for 15 minutes. There's video too:
Destin over at SmarterEveryDay wanted to take an up-close look at the nanostructure of a butterfly's wing, so he took a few samples to be looked at under a scanning electron microscope. The results are fascinatingly beautiful.
Certain butterfly species are poisonous, providing a deadly defense against predators. Over time, different butterfly species have evolved the same color patterns, basically telling predators to avoid all butterflies of that appearance. This is the mystery of convergent evolution.
Do you see it? Of course you do! The wooden wings and slim black body of the Monarch Loudspeaker makes the whole get up look like a butterfly. With that kind of styling, I'm not even sure sound quality matters.
This electronic butterfly will flutter around its jar forever to add some cheer to your desk as long as you feed it some AAA batteries occasionally. Basically, unlike a real captive butterfly, it'll never let you down or desert you.
Butterflies sorta creep me out. First, they start out as another bug and then they cocoon themselves. Who does that? And just take a look at this butterfly egg, it's borderline alien looking.
The Pentagon's got a new game plan to detect deadly chemical threats: tiny, iridescent sensors that are designed to mimic one of nature's most colorful creatures: Butterflies.
The ChouChou Robotic Butterfly is just like a real butterfly, except it can live forever. Or at least until its battery runs out. You won't even know the difference, just watch it fly. [Japan Trends]
Even though the future obviously revolves around credit cards and online transfers, a team of British scientists have developed a way for banknotes to be harder to forge—using iridescent butterfly wings as inspiration.
Japanese researchers have built an artificial butterfly that mimics the unusual flight patterns of the swallowtail butterfly. Their tiny model is called an "ornithopter" - and we've got the video of the little guy in flight.
Its wings are covered with an array of bright LEDs, its head, a video camera. You see that it sees you, about to commit some misdemeanor. But it's too cute—there's no way you're in trouble.
NBS' E. V. A. and Butterfly speaker systems are freakishly awesome and horrifying all at the same time, especially with those pointed edges. Cause, really, I thought it was a bench.
Here's an interesting bit: The Lenovo x300 almost had the old IBM butterfly keyboard of old. This detail and others were revealed in a Businessweek cover story on the ultrathin, quickly being recognized as the antithesis to the Apple Air. The piece has a lot of other interesting background, like the above info graphic…
At 3.6 grams, this Carbon Butterfly is the lightest RC plane in the world. And because it's made out of Carbon Fiber, it's got the strength of steel but the flexibility of a 14-year-old gymnast.