Check out this fantastic video by InsituScience featuring the Holwell lab on a field trip to Waitomo, including the giraffe weevils and harvestmen.


Here are few videos of those crazy giraffe weevils doing what they do best – fighting, sneaking around & mating!

A classic grappling battle between two males – female not so interested

A smaller  (sneaky) male wedges his way in between a guarding male & a female – and gets to mate while the other one tries to pull him off in confusion

A great moment half-way through video when a male gets picked up and dangled off the tree by his leg!


And finally, I’m playing around with making short science vids using my smartphone. Here’s one featuring Leilani Walker, a PhD student working on weapon evolution in NZ sheet-web spiders