This tiny hummingbird drone films a Monarch Butterflies swarm from up close

Apr 29, 2020

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This tiny hummingbird drone films a Monarch Butterflies swarm from up close

Apr 29, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Hidden cameras have given us stunning footage of wildlife that we never would have seen otherwise. PBS has employed a pretty interesting one in the mountains of Mexico. It’s a tiny spy hummingbird that has infiltrated into the heart of a huge monarch butterfly swarm. It has filmed the incredible spectacle from up close, and it’s definitely not something you see every day.

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PBS explains that the swarm has around half a billion monarch butterflies that fly to Mexico from as far as Canada to escape winter. It’s a mystery how they return to the exact same location, but they do, and they throw quite a spectacle.

In the video, PBS shows off the tiny spy drone along with the footage it captured. Since hummingbirds also feed on nectar in this area, butterflies don’t see them as a threat. So, masking a drone as a hummingbird was a logical choice. The moving parts of the spy drone are shielded so they’re completely safe for the butterflies. They can even land on the hummingbird’s “wings,” which you can see a few times in the video.

The video quality of the drone footage isn’t impressive, but we have to take into consideration that its camera and sensor are tiny. Nevertheless, it has captured impressive frames from within the swarm of butterflies, and the phenomenon looks even more breathtaking from the inside, don’t you agree?

[Watch a Breathtaking Monarch Butterfly Swarm via PetaPixel, Kottke]

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4 responses to “This tiny hummingbird drone films a Monarch Butterflies swarm from up close”

  1. Safidy Andrian Avatar
    Safidy Andrian

    But why a hummingbird drone? how about a normal quadcopter drone ?

    1. Sven De Mol Avatar
      Sven De Mol

      The answer is in the article :)

  2. Mike Elam Avatar
    Mike Elam

    So who is filming the spy hummingbird?

    1. Melanie Cook Avatar
      Melanie Cook

      Mike Elam Probably another hummingbird drone.