Life in the Undergrowth
Silk Spinners (#103)
Silk is the invertebrates’ great invention. From the protective stalks of lacewing eggs to the amazing hanging threads of New Zealand’s “glow worms,” they use it in a huge range of ways. The spiders, though, have taken silk-spinning to extremes. [50 minutes]
Series Description: Open your eyes to the bizarre, ferocious and surprisingly beautiful world of the invertebrates! Join David Attenborough on his groundbreaking exploration into a spectacular miniature universe never normally seen, but teeming all around us. Not just bugs and beetles, but exotic cicadas, neon glow worms, intricate silk-weaving spiders and iridescent dragonflies - not to mention a whole host of other incredible life forms and intimate, startling behavior. Thanks to technical innovations in lighting, optics and computerized motion control, this turbulent, super-organized world is finally revealed from the perspective of its extraordinary inhabitants. These beasts may be miniscule, but they live life on a truly grand scale.
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These episodes of Life in the Undergrowth aired in the last few months on Iowa Public Television.
- Super Societies (#105)
- Intimate Relations (#104)
- Silk Spinners (#103)
- Taking to the Air (#102)
- Invasion of the Land (#101)