Dr. Adrian Smith, head of the Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University, is back again with another incredible slow-motion video showcasing the movement of insects at incredibly slow speeds.
Dr. Smith has already shown off springtails jumping at 73,000 frames per second (fps), but this time his subject matter is moths. For his latest video, Dr. Smith captured seven different species of moth taking flight at 6,000 fps, making it the only video of its kind, according to Dr. Smith.
The footage was captured on a Phantom VEO 1310 through a Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens. High-speed LED lighting from Visual Instrumentation Corporation was used to light the scene.
Alongside the mesmerizing slow-motion footage of the moths, Dr. Smith narrates facts about each species and details some the unique features that distinguishes them from the more than 160,000 species of the mostly-nocturnal insects. Below are the seven species of moth shown in the video, in order of their appearance:
Dr. Smith says all seven of the moths shown in the video were captured in Cornish, New Hampshire, United States between July 12 – 16 and released upon completion of filming.
To see more incredible high-speed videos from Dr. Smith and his team, visit the Ant LabYouTube channel. You can also follow Dr. Adrian Smith on Twitter and Instagram.