True Facts: Deception in the Rainforest

  • Published on Mar 3, 2021
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  • zefrank1
    zefrank1  Year ago +2554

    Please take a minute to go and check out David Weiller's channel:

    • scrappy doo
      scrappy doo 9 months ago

      Zefrank1 please do a deep sea episode covering all of the freaky freaky fish. It's such a rich resource for someone as funny as yourself 👍 it would make my year complete lol

    • Mike Rotchhertz
      Mike Rotchhertz 10 months ago


    • Rodrigo DLPG
      Rodrigo DLPG 10 months ago

      What was the name??? bugey barfin butterfly??? 4:40

    • BookGirlNY
      BookGirlNY Year ago

      Anything you say. I love your videos!!!

  • Corey Smith
    Corey Smith Year ago +4699

    Technically, the best hiders in the rain forest are the one's we haven't found.

    • Samurai _Chicken
      Samurai _Chicken 21 day ago

      Best comment ever…

    • Samurai _Chicken
      Samurai _Chicken 21 day ago

      Best comment ever

    • Cultural Toast
      Cultural Toast 25 days ago +1

      That is the theory of the perfect hider. Technically if there was an animal that evolved to be the perfect hider, there would be no way for us to know.

    • jeanne ratterman
      jeanne ratterman Month ago

      #anonymous offbrand Theories?
      Simplistic one: we seem to discover new things even when we think we have found everything there is to be found? 😜⁉️ Humbleness may need to be key to discovery.

    • jeanne ratterman
      jeanne ratterman Month ago


  • Kristin B
    Kristin B Year ago +2283

    Note to self: never casually put my hand on a tree trunk in the rainforest.

    • Debbie Hanisch
      Debbie Hanisch Day ago

      Note to self...don't even go to a rain forest.

    • Dajon Ragland
      Dajon Ragland 27 days ago

      @boats gosh you sound like my mother

    • boats
      boats 27 days ago

      she said on not in

    • Dajon Ragland
      Dajon Ragland Month ago

      Generally a good idea to not casually rainforest

  • Toa Arcan
    Toa Arcan Year ago +207

    Shout-out to the Margay, a species of mostly arboreal cat that has learned to mimic the distress calls of baby monkeys, so it can lure in and eat the parents.

  • HeatherMills' PhantomLimb
    HeatherMills' PhantomLimb 11 months ago +359

    “Jokes on you. Bet you puke up my lifeless body in 5 minutes. Burn.” That line was great.

    • RiverGirl
      RiverGirl 2 months ago +5

      @Alexander Alford sometimes they don’t even die. Birds in my area usually have to eat a butterfly and get sick once before learning not to do it again.

    • Alexander Alford
      Alexander Alford 4 months ago +10

      I’m glad he addressed what the point of that was because I’d been wondering about that ever since learning about poisonous animals as a little kid. Like what’s the point of killing the predator after it already ate you?

  • Nyx Locke
    Nyx Locke Year ago +526

    "It is called Gilbertian Mimicry, after Lawrence Gilbert, who is NOT dead"
    He had me in the first half, ngl XD thought poor Lawrence had met his end

    • merlinious01
      merlinious01 7 months ago +16

      Someone should warn him to look out

  • Resurrection Refuge
    Resurrection Refuge Year ago +136

    Even though my biology teacher (who is dead) taught me this, I am grateful to watch all of this amazing video footage. Thanks for putting it all together, zefrank1 (who is alive).

  • Andrea
    Andrea Year ago +361

    Zefrank: **mentions scientist**
    Zefrank: “who is dead.”

    • MasterJedi
      MasterJedi Month ago +1

      "Science Hippies"

    • Detective H
      Detective H 4 months ago +4

      Laughed too much when he says that 😂

  • videolabguy
    videolabguy 3 months ago +6

    I had a history teacher who, on Monday's, would tell us about some important event as though it was written up in Mad Magazine. The rest of the week, we delved into the facts of the real story. But, we never forgot the facts because of the wacky metaphors he told us about on Monday. Rest in peace, Mr. Eggers. Yeah. He's mega dead too.

  • Christopher Dwyer
    Christopher Dwyer Year ago +55

    7:30 Fun fact: male Papilio dardanuses don't do this, they always look the same, and some females have evolved to look like males to avoid sexual competition. It's like dressing in drag to keep from being harassed, lol.

    • Christopher Dwyer
      Christopher Dwyer 8 months ago +6

      @Elle Rose I'll admit it, this made me laugh

    • Elle Rose
      Elle Rose 8 months ago +13

      this is why we need interINSECTional feminism smh

  • Al Stone
    Al Stone Year ago +926

    It's actually very impressive how well he balances the humour with actually being educational

    • Cơ Huyền
      Cơ Huyền 27 days ago

      @Jeff W Try ballancing your work and personal life. It's just work, then life, repeated.

    • Al Stone
      Al Stone Month ago

      @jeanne ratterman well said

    • jeanne ratterman
      jeanne ratterman Month ago +5

      #al stone Agree! It is HOW he does and HOW WELL he does it. His voice, his humor, his ‘slips’ quickly recovered, his pace, his teases, the complete gifted package.
      The dry ‘fact/joke’ algorithm for imparting knowledge is not accurate. Not even. Nope.
      Some may seek to imitate, but only a gifted innate intelligence can pull it off THIS well!
      Zefrank rules! 👏👏👏😘

    • Al Stone
      Al Stone 3 months ago +7

      @Jeff W because a lot of people would lean too hard one way or the other, he strikes the balance perfectly. And jumping between facts and jokes with it still feeling natural and unforced is probably harder than you think.

    • Meaux Jeaux
      Meaux Jeaux 3 months ago +4

      @Al Stone Yes, I like his style also, and it makes the video way more interesting to look at and LISTEN to.

  • WheezyWaiter
    WheezyWaiter Year ago +305

    I'm one of those roommates with dietary restrictions (tree nut allergy). :(
    Great video once again, sir!

    • Astranix 01
      Astranix 01 7 months ago

      @WheezyWaiter are you also allergic to these?

    • Alana Banana Canada
      Alana Banana Canada 9 months ago +1

      Have you tried restarting your computer

    • A K
      A K 9 months ago +1

      Do you mean we can’t eat you? Instructions unclear. Please clarify.

  • SecretlyOtter
    SecretlyOtter Year ago +55

    I need you to narrate a full nature documentary series 😂 you're so good

  • Dominik Beitat
    Dominik Beitat 6 months ago +11

    I love how educational these videos are! Like, if you've got a mimicry technique named after you, you'll die.
    So, the best way to avoid death by mimicry naming is getting yourself a cozy lil' pseudonym, just like how a rockstar do.

  • Tina Lynn
    Tina Lynn Year ago +244

    Friend: "What did you do today?"
    Me: "I watched butterflies pee"
    Friend: "Oh, you saw the new zefrank video?"
    Me: .... at least I'm not alone in the madness.....

  • Jyavant
    Jyavant Year ago +4574

    “A shitty day versus a very shitty day”
    The only comparison needed.

    • sam mjf
      sam mjf 2 months ago

      2020 vs 2021

    • Red Lupo
      Red Lupo Year ago +2

      The only line that might keep this from being the mainstay of school biology classes it RICHLY DESERVES to be.

    • Roan Oneill
      Roan Oneill Year ago +1

      The only comparable I understand

    • Wendy H
      Wendy H Year ago

      Now officially known as “The 2020+ Comparison” 🤪

    • PrometheusV
      PrometheusV Year ago +5

      Is that a 2020 summary?

  • Nick Rozendaal
    Nick Rozendaal Year ago +183

    We need a “true facts” about the potoo bird.

    • Breshannon Devereaux
      Breshannon Devereaux 7 months ago +2

      @JoJonoMuskets I can IMAGINE!! They are SO FREAKY LOOKING!!

    • JoJonoMuskets
      JoJonoMuskets 7 months ago +4

      @Breshannon Devereaux You should hear them, too! They sound haunting, like birds straight out of Legend of Zelda

    • Breshannon Devereaux
      Breshannon Devereaux Year ago +13

      @Jan TheXvidr 2 pisał krótkie komentarze HOLY COW, Kickiusz! You weren't kidding! Someof these birds look aa if their cheese has PERMENANTLY slipped off of their cracker! OR they look as though they were goosed in the bum right before someone snapped the picture! Crazy looking birds, DANG!

    • Jan YouTuber 2 pisał krótkie komentarze
      Jan YouTuber 2 pisał krótkie komentarze Year ago +7

      Just looked them up. They look like living Funko Pops.

    • Ryan Forde
      Ryan Forde Year ago +1

      @Bliss Opulence utube royal family

  • MzSand
    MzSand Year ago +8

    Just discovered this channel & I absolutely LOVE it! Innovative & fresh!
    Diverse, exceptionally educational & wildly humorous! Breaking the dry monotony of the typical nature vids across the board. THANK YOU!!!

  • Sense008
    Sense008 Year ago +25

    " Gilbert is not dead, but based on the previous two I'd be worried" .... I am laughing soooo hard at this

  • Trowa71
    Trowa71 Year ago +40

    "All warfare is based on deception."
    ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

  • Ulubai
    Ulubai Year ago +2734

    I appreciate Jerry going out of his way to show bugs pooping.

    • SteamGeek01
      SteamGeek01 7 months ago

      Also the bee doggo

    • Yi Wu
      Yi Wu 10 months ago

      @GrassPossum thanks :)

    • GrassPossum
      GrassPossum 10 months ago +1

      @Yi Wu Doesn't exist. Sorry. For an encore I'll mention that nor does Santa, If it's any consolation though, the Easter Bunny is real.

    • Rob Fowler
      Rob Fowler 11 months ago +1

      @Sugendese Salute!

    • Sugendese
      Sugendese 11 months ago +2

      Salute to Jerry

  • Pathfinder Savant
    Pathfinder Savant Year ago +98

    "It probably exists, like Rule 34"
    Made me double-take there

    • ScriptKeeper
      ScriptKeeper 6 months ago

      @Av Zed the video on the bolas spider has them mimic the smell of female moths, so that's something

    • Zobblewobble
      Zobblewobble 7 months ago +1

      @Av Zed Actually yes. Certain predatory fireflies flash mating displays of smaller firefly species that they eat. Similar bioluminescent sexy traps are done by deep sea fish as well.

    • Draven Ocklost
      Draven Ocklost 11 months ago +6

      @Av Zed succubus

    • Av Zed
      Av Zed 11 months ago +7

      Now I wondering if there's a predator out there that mimics the opposite sex of their prey, imitating their readiness to mate so they get closer...

  • DxWiggins
    DxWiggins Year ago +10

    I love hoverflies! They don’t sting and they keep other stinging bugs away when they are hanging around you. Like little fairies. My old coworkers used to call me the bee whisperer because when I found a hover fly I would reach out to it and it would land on me and hang out around me.

  • Lila Basener
    Lila Basener 7 months ago +4

    This is amazing!! The writing is hilarious and the voice acting is just perfect! You have an incredible voice. As a creationist, I did disagree with the science, but hey, we can all agree that the rainforest is a horrificly beautiful place!! Love your channel!!

    • William Rosenbloom
      William Rosenbloom 7 months ago +3

      I was actually wondering what a creationist would think of this as he went over the evolution stuff! I'm glad you still liked it.

  • Ben McReynolds
    Ben McReynolds Month ago +2

    I really get my mind blown when I try to comprehend how genetics 🧬 and evolution of DNA can perceive, sense, work out what works best for camouflage, like what is stopping a creature just constantly reproducing into the wrong color, or the same color, or idk. See this in mind boggling. 🧬♻️🌎

  • I'll let you finish but first

    I once went to a beekeeping convention and, to my surprise, the winner of the bee photography competition was the photo of a hoverfly. When I mentioned it to one of the judges he told me they would open exceptions to good pictures of wild bees. I said nothing about the unusual number of wings and the shape of the back legs because my invitation to the closing banquet was hanging on a thread by that time.

    • I'll let you finish but first
      I'll let you finish but first 13 days ago +3

      @Hibiscius Free food is always worth it!

    • Hibiscius
      Hibiscius 13 days ago +4

      I'm gonna hazard a guess and say that said judge wasn't well versed in Batesian Mimicry when it came to the multitude of bee mimics? Was the banquet worth it at least? 😅

  • Foxiepaws ACAnderson

    I love the way you say "Who is dead" after all the biologists names, as if camoflage didnt work for them lmao! Jerry cracks me up too! I would have never noticed the dog in the yellowjacket...thought it was a wasp!

  • Flobwad
    Flobwad Year ago +1

    I hope there are high school teachers out there who use your videos to educate students - because they are EXTREMELY informative!
    I’m somebody who takes a lot of time learning about insects, and all other different animal biology and behavior, you’re sharing info I never knew!

  • Sara-Jade Woodsmith

    my husband and I love your content to much. I like how it's more of a lecture than a nature show, especially the stuff you don't often see in a nature doc. :) I think this the seasnails, and the hummingbird episode are my favs.

  • typacsk
    typacsk Year ago +1

    ...Well, now I'm wondering how the different variants of that Papilio butterfly are inherited. And how they're distributed geographically, compared to the species that they mimic. And how that might affect each species' success if certain variants died out, or became more dominant.
    Thanks for all the new questions, *science.*

  • todd richards
    todd richards Year ago +507

    This episode of True Facts mimics the usually jokey-jokey version of True Facts but is really more of the educational, thinky-thinky variation. Well done good sir.

      NHMO OYTIS Year ago

      @RedHot Moon what part is fake?

    • 역병으사
      역병으사 Year ago

      I read in ZeeFrank's voice

    • Umatsu Obossa
      Umatsu Obossa Year ago

      Yeah I appreciate that it's still very funny, but not something I'm too embarrassed to share with others.

    • RedHot Moon
      RedHot Moon Year ago +2

      @NHMO OYTIS ummm. No. The hedgehog one is not real.

    • jrobbio
      jrobbio Year ago +2

      Yep, the first one that I'm sending to my parents

  • Jay pea loveliest
    Jay pea loveliest Year ago +4

    Well it's about time! Some of us who have no lives, or no exciting ones anyway, actually sit around waiting for a fresh new zefrank1 documentary short so that we can be educated, as well as enjoy a giggle or two at your unique brand of teaching. I can probably speak for a lot of your audience too when I say that i absolutely remember details about your documentaries regardless of how unfamiliar the species is to me, because your hilarious approach to the subject makes me laugh out loud 😆 whenever I remember some of the things you said. Please keep up the good job because if any of your other audience members feel like i do about your work, the joy it brings during these tough times is so precious and definitely needed right now. Thank you Mr zefrank1

  • Cloud Forest
    Cloud Forest Year ago +1

    The deception level is 100% I had to stop at the tarantula caterpillar, that was amazing!!

  • Chris
    Chris Year ago +58

    "Who's buying all of our pooping insect stock footage?" - Nature photographers

    • bunch of atoms
      bunch of atoms 10 months ago

      They'd rather ask " why is somebody even buying them!? "

  • S FF
    S FF Year ago +1

    Showing the Dennis Ray mimicry ring of butterflies at 5:25 is interesting because a lot of this mimicry occurred at too fast a rate to be explained by just convenience alone, in fact there is a lot of inter species breeding seen between these butterflies in order to quickly develop and maintain the similarity of the mimicry ring

  • Alien Z
    Alien Z Year ago +8148

    You are the best science teacher ever. I guess that’s just how a zefrank do.

    • Don Juan Guest
      Don Juan Guest 5 months ago

      Good one

    • Lucky Sage
      Lucky Sage 6 months ago


    • Jcknight7996
      Jcknight7996 6 months ago

      @Niles Phoenix Why did you just say biology....

    • Yup Sure
      Yup Sure 7 months ago

      How a zefrank, do. OwO

    • Silbae 000
      Silbae 000 7 months ago +1

      @Z7Sakari I think I've finally watched all of zoos videos now😂

  • ClumsySmurfett
    ClumsySmurfett Year ago

    Educational, magical and hilarious... love your work ♡

  • Amber Marie
    Amber Marie Year ago

    I would love to see you do one of your wonderfully comical true facts videos about turtles! Because they can breathe through their butts! I love your commentary ❤

  • David Vigneux
    David Vigneux Year ago +2

    You, Sir, are a gentlemen and a scholar. Also, you made my day.

  • your casual studios TM
    your casual studios TM 11 months ago +3

    It amazes me how plants themselves have evolved to mimic something visual, without knowing the visual aspects. Plants are much smarter than we give them credit for.

  • snarkamedes
    snarkamedes Year ago +1541

    Recap time then: Müllerian mimicry = various toxic animals all adopting the same look; Batesian mimicry = tasty animals being cheaty and cosplaying the look of toxic ones; Gilbertian mimicry = looking like the predator who's trying to nom you. And there's a two-thirds chance you die when naming a new method of camouflage?...

    • Richard Silva
      Richard Silva 5 months ago

      On my way to a SAT test, thank you very much sir

    • Roo Jackaroo
      Roo Jackaroo 10 months ago +5

      @Kayla A. Stephen that's also batesian mimicry, of note is a species of firefly that mimics the mating call of females of other species and grabs and chomps any male that approaches

    • Kayla A. Stephen
      Kayla A. Stephen 11 months ago +3

      What about pretending to look like your prey? A lot of spiders, parasites, and beetles tend to do that. But I guess that's just a type of camouflage at that point.

    • ToastySNXZ
      ToastySNXZ 11 months ago +3

      My grandpa died without naming anything. Grandpa totally got screwed by death

    • Snazzy Jovial Wyrm
      Snazzy Jovial Wyrm 11 months ago +2

      @Pie Rat Is it really artificial, though? I mean, it's nature trying to mimic what we like, rather than us actually creating it.

  • Cody Fuentes
    Cody Fuentes Year ago +1

    This was one of my favorite, I knew most of these thing but hearing the technical words I didn't know was really interesting.

  • Myca Dember
    Myca Dember Year ago +1

    1:57 WHAT THE FRICK IS THAT? This has been haunting me for years - from the time I felt tiny rain drops hitting me and saw they were coming from a tree, and saw this strange insect looking thing spouting pee(?) droplets on me. Please if anyone knows the name if this thing let me know

  • KrazyKaiser
    KrazyKaiser 11 months ago +1

    This is a great in depth video about mimicry that would be a great follow up for anyone interested in a more information about mimicry.

  • Cynthia DeFillippi
    Cynthia DeFillippi Year ago +1

    I love this video! The perfect level of informative and funny. A++

  • Joseph Stone
    Joseph Stone Year ago +312

    I hope that “who is dead” continues to be included for all name references where the person is in fact dead.

    • R R
      R R Year ago +1

      They are just playing camouflage at the next lvl

    • Occult Platypus
      Occult Platypus Year ago +10

      Another phrase for the Ze Frank drinking game!

  • Cholera_do
    Cholera_do 7 months ago

    I love how they can record them so close because the creatures are trying to stay so still!

  • Jim Y
    Jim Y 11 months ago

    whether you're on the side of evolution or Creation there is no denying how incredible "nature" can be when you see the level of these different camouflages.

  • The Creature Called Pete
    The Creature Called Pete 9 months ago +2

    BTW, don't think animals directly want to mimic things around them, they do this through generations and generations of very helpful accidents.

  • DeadmaN 2112
    DeadmaN 2112 Year ago

    Been a fan of your channel for a while now I have to say your approach to educate is extremely entertaining.
    Please don't ever change a thing.

  • Megan Simpson
    Megan Simpson Year ago +1198

    I used to thing that whole “mimic a dangerous animal and things won’t eat you” was crap but then one day a bug I’d never encountered before flew at me flashing black and yellow stripes and i ran as fast as I could and was maybe 15 feet away before I realized it hadn’t looked like a wasp. Guess they’re not so dumb.

    • jeanne ratterman
      jeanne ratterman Month ago

      #inori yorita Thank you! 👏👏👏👍👍

    • The MockingDragon
      The MockingDragon 2 months ago

      @Ui makes sense.

    • Ui
      Ui 2 months ago +2

      @The MockingDragon the appendix and tonsils are both also not vestigial as they are two of your many lymph nodes. However, both your tonsils and appendix are more prone to problems than other lymph nodes. They are not essential to your survival, because the human body plan is designed in a way that you have a surplus of needed lymph nodes to generate white blood cells at birth. For cases where one or two become become compromised, you will still able to function as a relatively healthy person.

    • OtakuUnitedStudio
      OtakuUnitedStudio 3 months ago +2

      @PendleraIt's believed to have been a single person because it's a recessive gene, and the probability of it occurring not only more than once but in the exact same way (rather than having different variations that result in the same outcome) is low.
      Since blue eyes are recessive, a genetic male only needs one copy while a genetic female needs two. The likelihood of the exact same gene on both copies of the X chromosome mutating in the same individual in the same way is basically nonexistent, so it's not very likely that a woman developed it. Genetic mutations that aren't immediately harmful or even fatal in reproductive cells are extremely rare compared to ones that end in cancer or a non-functional copy of a gene. There's also the fact that eye color is tied to a single gene on the X chromosome, compared to things like skin and hair color which are much more complicated. So if it occurred in more than one person, it would have to be the same exact mutation multiple times over a relatively short period of time since it only appeared around 6 to 10 thousand years ago.
      Because any given base pair in the human genome has an average rate of mutation at 0.5e-9 (0.0000000005%), the chances of the exact same gene mutating in the exact same way is astronomically small even over thousands of years. Taking even the most conservative current estimate of 10,000 years, the chance of that same gene mutating in the same exact way in another individual independent of the first is 0.000005%, or roughly the chance of dying due to the effects of space debris.
      It's not really being blown out of proportion, the statistics of it check out. But that doesn't necessarily mean in didn't happen multiple times either, because unlikely things do occasionally happen. Sometimes that's just how the dice land. But that's the thing, science isn't "this is how things happened," it's "this is how we think it happened because a lot of people looked over the numbers and at least somewhat agree it makes logical sense."

    • OtakuUnitedStudio
      OtakuUnitedStudio 3 months ago +3

      @potaterjim The aversion to certain colors or patterns has a few different contributing factors, some of which are instinctual and tied to genetics. But animals also learn from their parents, so bebby byirds might find out not to go after a certain bug or frog because their mothers won't go near them as well.

  • Allyson Aleman
    Allyson Aleman Year ago +1

    0:20 this bird can be found in my country! Exactly in the Coastal region in Bucay! I love birding :) thanks @zefrank1 to make this videos

  • GigaGojikaira
    GigaGojikaira 10 months ago

    Fun Fact: We learn stuff from this guy and we get a little humor in between😅

  • Turboflash
    Turboflash Year ago +1

    What’s interesting is the paint on battleships and other naval vessels during world war 1 and 2 followed the same type of pattern of camouflage talked about at the beginning by using false edges and contrasting colors

  • Carmen G Ogeidnas
    Carmen G Ogeidnas Year ago +1

    'But in the rainforest, some of your roommates want to eat you.. '
    Words to live by.

  • warmedhorizons
    warmedhorizons Year ago +2329

    "When threatened it waves itself around like a dangerous..... third of a snake" 😂😭😭

    • Mike TheScienceGuy
      Mike TheScienceGuy 5 months ago

      @12mjk21 *rattlesnake noises*

    • ScriptKeeper
      ScriptKeeper 6 months ago +1

      @Windigo uncanny valley: snake edition

    • Konstantinos Chasiotis
      Konstantinos Chasiotis Year ago +2

      So true 😂🤣

      GODOFAWSOMENESS1 Year ago +28

      @Windigo well it looks like a decapitated head is moving by itself. That would be so terrifying.

    • Windigo
      Windigo Year ago +8

      That thing teryfies mé because it makes me uncomftrable and I fucking like snakes so I don't know why

  • Kenny Shade
    Kenny Shade Year ago +33

    So now I've seen a butterfly and a caterpillar pee thanks to this video. It's the little things that are precious, ya know?

  • NeeSan99
    NeeSan99 11 months ago +1

    I was ABOUT to mention the swallow tail butterfly right before he mentioned it 😂
    In person, on a bush, they really do look like bird shit.

  • Heretic Waffle
    Heretic Waffle Year ago +6

    This video made me so surprised that there aren’t more animals like the chameleon. Able to change colour and camouflage almost anywhere

    • Arkylie
      Arkylie 5 months ago

      I mean, octopodes can do it. Last I heard.

    • The beetle man. gr
      The beetle man. gr Year ago

      Chameleons don't change color to camuflage, they change it in order to communicare with other chameleons(which if you ask me is pretty dumb) Anoles on the other hand are lizards that can change betweet grey,brown and green tones in order to blend into their sarroundings and not become...well eaten.
      Hope this helped.
      Good rest of the day

  • Nour Taha
    Nour Taha Year ago +2

    Tried watching “Absurd Planet” on Netflix, pretty mediocre narration, was wishing it would be anything close to yours.
    Got me thinking, why arent you on Netflix yet 🥴😭

  • J. Tiberius Kirk
    J. Tiberius Kirk Year ago +312

    The lesson to be learned from this video is this: Do not try to camouflage yourself like Fritz Muller or Henry Walter Bates, because they are dead.

    • sdfkjgh
      sdfkjgh Year ago +2

      @Laird Cummings: Good point. I hadn't thought of that. Mebbe a quick movement, and a cry of "Bugger off!" would be enough to scare them off, but you'd have to be pretty sure of yourself and the lack of any predators around to attempt that.

    • Laird Cummings
      Laird Cummings Year ago +2

      @sdfkjgh I wasn't thinking so much of the vultures doing harm, as that they'd force you to break cover, giving yourself away to things which can turn you into *real* carrion.

    • sdfkjgh
      sdfkjgh Year ago +3

      @Laird Cummings: Yeah, but vultures are pushovers, and won't really go so far as to create more carrion. I actually had vultures in mind when I typed "most of those that do aren't all that aggressive".

    • Sharyn Studstill
      Sharyn Studstill Year ago +4

      @sdfkjgh But if carrion are bigger than 24 inches, they have to be checked.
      (Read it out loud.)

    • Laird Cummings
      Laird Cummings Year ago +2

      "... pretty viable."
      Until the vultures show up.

  • L McC
    L McC Year ago

    I got 9min deep thinking, I’m so happy you made some kid friendly ones so I can enjoy these with my girls. Then “shitty or very shitty day.” Keep workin on it! More viewers = more views. I guarantee there are other parents in the same boat that would love to share these with their kids!

  • ghro nous
    ghro nous Year ago

    Can't get enough of these, please do one on the ant lion. the antlion's digestive tract lacks an external opening for solid waste, so feces accumulate within its body for the entire larval stage-up to three years!

  • Susan Farley
    Susan Farley 4 months ago

    I watch your videos over and over. I'm forgetful in my old age. But the videos are great every time!

  • Ivysaurus
    Ivysaurus Year ago

    These videos honestly just always brighten my day when I see a new one

  • Lallie Hayes
    Lallie Hayes Year ago +888

    I could watch/listen to Frank's True Facts all day. He's such a giggle.

  • Evan Seekins
    Evan Seekins Year ago +15

    After all these years, I barely notice the legendary background music that gives these videos the gravitas to truly burrow into you brain.

  • Aku from the future (jmm)

    National geographic or animal planet need to hire this man.
    He is a priceless gem 💎 hidden in plane sight
    I would watch literally anything he narrates

  • eosofspades_
    eosofspades_ 11 months ago +1

    "Getting a predator to strike away from vital organs can be the difference between a shitty day and a VERY shitty day."

  • Alexander Monroe
    Alexander Monroe Year ago +1

    Would you possibly consider doing a video on the carnivorous death balloon better known as the caravela? That would be amazing! :3

  • Mia H
    Mia H Year ago +1

    I wish my science teachers taught this way, I feel like I would have retained more information in my school days

  • Thought Virus
    Thought Virus Year ago

    This is one of the most amazing True Facts episodes.

  • nowimhigh
    nowimhigh Year ago +1

    Mother nature is so amazing, the universe, every living creature and how they have evolved throughout the millennia's often blows my mind.

  • Alien Demonic Deception 24

    These shows are an endless gold mine of catchphrases! Kinda like Spitting Image...

  • dotdotlar
    dotdotlar Year ago +848

    “Better to be bit on the butt, than dead.” Words to live by.

    • Blizzard Kiehn
      Blizzard Kiehn Year ago

      @Christine C. I was asking because I thought getting bit on the butt would be too rare to know you like it. Also, "into it" makes it sound like something a little more xd

    • Christine C.
      Christine C. Year ago +2

      @Blizzard Kiehn Some people are into that.

    • Belly Dancer Em
      Belly Dancer Em Year ago

      always good advice

  • William Birmingham
    William Birmingham 11 months ago +1

    Jerry is a master of camouflage of his voice. He talks in almost every video, but we can't hear him.

  • BG
    BG Year ago

    Your channel is what I needed in my life! Thank you for all your work. Subscribed😍

  • NuWorldOrder
    NuWorldOrder Year ago

    I always love zefrank, he is informative hilarious 😂

  • Ayaneee
    Ayaneee 5 months ago

    Sometimes I forgot how incredible nature is but this video reminded me cause I said “whoa” in response to A LOT of the clips in this

  • Hesperus Multiverse
    Hesperus Multiverse Year ago +3061

    Don't act like we didn't see the dog wearing a bee costume.

    • Jennifer Bristol
      Jennifer Bristol 5 months ago

      Or the one in the leaves...

    • Alci Kelly
      Alci Kelly 7 months ago

      I came here for this comment 👏🙏😂

    • Super Potter Fan
      Super Potter Fan 11 months ago +3

      I thought I was going crazy 😂

    • Rob Fowler
      Rob Fowler Year ago

      @46raulfull Look at the dozens of replies that tell you exactly what time stamp to look for.

    • 46raulfull
      46raulfull Year ago +1

      What dogs? All i seen were bees

  • Aurkus23
    Aurkus23 Year ago +1

    Seeing insects make me itchy and paranoid but, these vids are too funny and addictive.

  • Enderboy4030
    Enderboy4030 11 months ago +1

    Caterpillar: *evolves to imitate a snake to scare off predators*
    Hawks and Eagles: "Jokes on you I'm into that shit"
    Also Caterpillar: "Years of academy training wasted"

  • Tara Bowman
    Tara Bowman 11 months ago +1

    Lmfgdao 😂😂
    I have just the best education I could’ve ever asked for!!
    I’m laughing so hard…. And still learned so much!!
    Thank you!!

  • Kevin Potts
    Kevin Potts 11 months ago +2

    2:55 that tail evolved into a leaf is just amazing. Isn't it incredible what millions of years of evolution can make?

  • Anthony Damiani
    Anthony Damiani Year ago +178

    As someone who loves and studies butterflies his whole life I really enjoyed how accurate this video is. Great job Zefrank!

    • Karin D
      Karin D Year ago

      @[Minutos Desapercibidos ESP-ENG] Preferable to, let’s say, whole life to cleaning toilets.

    • Anthony Damiani
      Anthony Damiani Year ago

      @lemon93 lol no

    • lemon93
      lemon93 Year ago +1

      @Anthony Damiani are you building the flying cacoon yet?

    • Anthony Damiani
      Anthony Damiani Year ago +2

      @[Minutos Desapercibidos ESP-ENG] I'm only 23 so it's no big deal. Plus I'm also fascinated with amphibians and reptiles.

    • [Minutos Desapercibidos ESP-ENG]
      [Minutos Desapercibidos ESP-ENG] Year ago

      But good for you if you enjoy it!

  • Hip Shot
    Hip Shot 7 months ago

    Thank you for giving me the ability to brag to my freinds that i listen to a documentary everynight before i sleep. Because i love the way you narrate things lmaooi

  • Gerald Fitzgerald

    Who would've known there were so many different ways that an animal can disguise itself...
    So glad that this channel came back from the dead.

  • Fernando J. Cruz
    Fernando J. Cruz Year ago +3

    when you climb up a mountain and grab a branch to help you climb, but that branch was full of weird alien insects that looked just like bark, and then you wish you could go back in time like 30 seconds before that happened

  • PelagiMilitis
    PelagiMilitis 4 months ago

    Yay, someone explained evolution correctly for once. Good job zefrank

  • Dr Bright
    Dr Bright Year ago +564

    “If nature finds a hole, it’ll put an animal in it”
    This is actually accurate. I dare anyone to name a single hole life hasn’t been found in.

    • Zeivon Bradshaw
      Zeivon Bradshaw Year ago

      @Dr Bright True, but the pools in Ethiopia don't have any life within. However, if you do want to be more direct the holes on the moon and Mars hold no life let alone the other planets with large Craters.

    • Dr Bright
      Dr Bright Year ago

      @Zeivon Bradshaw There are extremophiles directly inside the mouths of volcanoes.

    • Zeivon Bradshaw
      Zeivon Bradshaw Year ago

      @Dr Bright Yeah but there legit is no life in those holes, you pointed to the fact that they're might be life next to a volcano, okay? Next to it doesn't count for within the hole there's no life, just as your original post stated otherwise.

    • Dylan Elliott
      Dylan Elliott Year ago

      @Dr Bright I never said a hole is only a hole when nothing is in it, Doctor. I said a hole is an absence. And technically that is correct. If you dig a shovel into the ground, you are removing the "something" that was formally there, a.k.a. the dirt. Now a gopher could come along and be a life living at the BOTTOM of the hole, a worm could be living in the side of the hole. But the absence, aka the dirt, is now a pile somewhere, and not a hole.

    • Dr Bright
      Dr Bright Year ago

      @Dylan Elliott No, but to say a hole only being a hole when nothing is in it is fundamentally inaccurate.

  • Alex Keener
    Alex Keener 11 months ago +1

    Learned more from this than a year of bio class.

  • Dark Angel
    Dark Angel 11 months ago

    Oh I know officially love this series not even joking it is hilarious educational and wholesome I love it

  • Rachel Veal
    Rachel Veal Year ago

    I love this, and all the True Facts videos....however, some of these animals (Monkey Slug, Gray Hairstreak, etc.) also live right in the temperate zones (ie- here in the US where I live). And also a Giant Swallowtail that looks almost just like King Swallowtail. What's my point? Get out there and look around...fascinating things are everywhere, not just in the rain forest.

  • Kealun Leday
    Kealun Leday 8 months ago

    I love this. I use these videos to educate my son who loves animals

  • Admiral Snackbar
    Admiral Snackbar Year ago +187

    “Getting a predator to strike away from vital organs can be the difference between a shitty day and a very shitty day.” Words of wisdom. Lol

  • Karl Dettmann
    Karl Dettmann 11 months ago +27

    6:58 zefrank trying to trick us by putting a normal bee in with the fakers

    • cryw01f
      cryw01f 6 months ago

      @2nd Littlekingryan 🤫

    • 2nd Littlekingryan
      2nd Littlekingryan 7 months ago +2

      He just puts a dog there hoping noome would notice

  • RoughThief
    RoughThief Year ago

    Wow that was amazing. Thank you, I was always wondering about this specifically.

  • pat
    pat 11 months ago +3

    3:55 what is that its amazing how these animals and bugs look just like the plants 😮

  • Krasivaya
    Krasivaya 5 months ago

    That was super amazing. I learned so much thank you.

  • Oh Larwdy
    Oh Larwdy Year ago +1404

    I like camouflaged animals when there literally aren’t any in a picture shown so people get stuck trying to find it.

    • Miss G.
      Miss G. 11 months ago

      That would be a great prank to forward to friends mwahahaha

    • Oh Larwdy
      Oh Larwdy Year ago

      @J D Because that’s exactly what I said. I like them when they aren’t there. Which means there aren’t any. You seem to be confused.
      The joke is that if you were shown like 4 different images and 3 of those images had a camouflaged animal that you could see, the 4th image that you’re under the assumption also has an animal hidden in it, doesn’t actually have an animal hiding in the picture.
      The joke is that time is being wasted, similar to how I have to explain this foreign concept to you.
      I mean, the only way you misread what I said is that you didn’t understand it. There is nothing to argue over. Go home.

    • J D
      J D Year ago

      @Oh Larwdy Then why did *YOU* start your comment with "I like camouflaged animals..." if there aren't any?? Tf you even talking about...?