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Life in the Undergrowth

Taking to the Air (#102)

From the stunning aerobatics of hoverflies in an English garden to the mass migration of purple Crow butterflies in the valleys of Taiwan, this episode tells the tale of the first animals ever to take to the air. [49 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning

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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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  • Invasion of the Land (#101)

    More than 400 million years ago, creatures left the seas to move onto land. Since then they have become the most successful group of animals, adapting to every environment on earth. [49 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning

  • 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... [50 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning

  • Intimate Relations (#104)

    The world of invertebrates is a web of relationships with plants and other animals, and this program is full of incredible stories. [50 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning

  • Super Societies (#105)

    Just like mammals, invertebrates do not always operate alone. In this last episode, we see the tensions below the surface in some of the great social structures built by insects. [50 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning

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