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The bug that poops candy - George Zaidan

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Aphids can reproduce incredibly fast: they can make 20 new generations within a single season. And that means lots of poop. Some aphid populations can produce hundreds of kilograms of poop per acre— making them some of the most prolific poopers on the planet. We know this poop as the sweet, syrupy liquid called honeydew. George Zaidan explores the wonderfully weird life of an aphid.

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  • Educator George Zaidan
  • Director Luisa M H Copetti
  • Narrator George Zaidan
  • Storyboard Artist Luisa M H Copetti
  • Animator Luisa M H Copetti, Felipe Urbanetto, Cris Hulse
  • Hype Producer Taíla Soliman
  • Hype Executive Producer Gabriel Garcia
  • Sound Designer Gabriel Maia
  • Music Gabriel Maia
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Fact-checker Eden Girma
  • Science Consultant Erin Hodgson
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These little bugs are so small you might have gone your whole life without seeing a single one. But they’re a plant’s worst nightmare, for two very different – and fascinating – reasons.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator George Zaidan
  • Director Luisa M H Copetti
  • Narrator George Zaidan
  • Storyboard Artist Luisa M H Copetti
  • Animator Luisa M H Copetti, Felipe Urbanetto, Cris Hulse
  • Hype Producer Taíla Soliman
  • Hype Executive Producer Gabriel Garcia
  • Sound Designer Gabriel Maia
  • Music Gabriel Maia
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Fact-checker Eden Girma
  • Science Consultant Erin Hodgson
  • See more