KQED Deep Look

KQED‘s short video series, Deep Look, takes you to the edge of our visible world.  Here are some Deep Look stories that feature the research of UC Berkeley Entomologists.

The bombardier beetle and its crazy chemical cannon – “When attacked, this beetle sets off a rapid chemical reaction inside its body, sending predators scrambling. This amazing chemical defense has some people scratching their heads: How could such a complex system evolve gradually—without killing the beetle too?”


What Gall! The crazy cribs of parasitic wasps – “Plenty of animals build their homes in oak trees. But some very teeny, tricky wasps make the tree do all the work. “What nerve!” you might say. What… gall! And you’d be right. The wasps are called gall-inducers. And each miniature mansion that the trees build for the wasps’ larvae is weirder and more flamboyant than the next.”


What gives the blue morpho its magnificent blue? – “What does it mean to be blue? The wings of a Morpho butterfly are some of the most brilliant structures in nature, and yet they contain no blue pigment — they harness the physics of light at the nanoscale.”