Sioux Falls Zoologists

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The mirror test is an experiment developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. to determine whether an animal possesses the ability to recognize itself in a mirror. It is the primary indicator of self-awareness in non-human animals and marks entrance to the mirror stage by human children in developmental psychology. Animals that pass the mirror test are: Humans older than 18 mo, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Orangutans, Gorillas, Bottlenose Dolphins, Orcas (Killer Whales), Elephants, and European Magpies. Others showing signs of self-awareness are Pigs, some Gibbons, Rhesus Macaques, Capuchin Monkeys, some Corvids (Crows & Ravens) and Pigeons w/training. (Sorry Kitty!)

The World of Insects Movies
Endorsed by Sioux Falls Zoologists

Sioux Falls Zoologists recommends the following documentaries that describe the world of insects and their behavior.

Insects have been around for 400 million years. They also were once quite large. Dragonflies once had a wingspan of over 2 feet. Their individual intelligence isn't much to speak of, but they do exhibit swarm intelligence (see Gathering Swarms) which has obviously been incorporated in their genetics.

Bees seem to be on the high end of insect intelligence. They communicate locations using fairly complicated "waggle" dances and seem to "vote" on where to locate new hives. It's amazing what 40 million years of evolution (or more) can incorporate in a species' genetics.

The movies are all available from Amazon.com but you are free to obtain them from many other sources. Amazon offers them on their website along with many alternate sources, often less expensive. Many are probably also available on NetFlix.com and elsewhere for on-line viewing. You are free to choose whatever source you please. The movie links on the following pages point to the movie location at Amazon.

Documentaries on Insect behavior, including Butterfly and Bee behavior, are described on the following 7 pages:

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The World of Insects Movies
Endorsed by Sioux Falls Zoologists