Hummingbird “Spy” Drone Is Deployed to Capture Video of Massive Monarch Butterfly Swarm

PBS Hummingbird Drone Films Monarch Butterfly

Photo: YouTube

PBS’ nature series, aptly titled Nature, brings the warmth of the coming springtime in full-force with a new clip of its hummingbird “spy” drone immersed in a massive monarch butterfly swarm. Featured on its Spy in the Wild series, the educational network’s quaint hummingbird photographer gets inside this half-million flutter of monarchs deep within the Mexican mountains. Once their fragile wings reach a pivotal 50 degrees, the butterflies can shed off their wintertime’s sleep and take to the skies en masse.

The narrator comments that this is “a spectacle that has rarely been filmed, and our spy is harmlessly in the very heart of it.” Thankfully, no butterflies were harmed in the making of this short because of the carefully netted design of the faux-bird’s propellers.

Scroll down to see the drone in action You can see more natural marvels from this episode and others on PBS’ website.

PBS Hummingbird Drone Captures Monarch Butterflies on Film

Photo: YouTube

Hummingbird Drone Films Inside a Monarch Butterfly Swarm

Photo: YouTube

Watch Nature's hummingbird “spy” drone sneak into the middle of a monarch butterfly swarm and capture the most breathtaking footage.

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Megan Cooper

Megan Cooper is a Contributing Writer for My Modern Met and a mid-century historian living in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has received a BSA in Public History from Appalachian State University in 2017 and is currently working towards finishing a Masters in Film and Media Studies through Arizona State University. She is extremely passionate about gender and women's studies and the democratization of cultural knowledge.
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