Life in the Undergrowth

November 2014
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5. Supersocieties

Expired 3.0 7 x
It is easy to be dismissive of invertebrates because they often pass us by unnoticed due to their small size. Yet some invertebrates have overcome the limitation of their small size by banding together in huge numbers. Many of these societies are so finely tuned in the way they operate that it is as if they were a single being - or, in the words of David Attenborough, a 'super-organism'.
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4. Intimate Relations

Expired 3.0 9 x
Ever since they came onto land, the tiny creatures of the undergrowth have been forming alliances and partnerships with each other and with plants.
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3. The Silk Spinners

Expired 3.0 9 x
David Attenborough looks at silk, the secret weapon of the undergrowth, with many insects using it in an amazing variety of ways. Spiders are the ultimate silk spinners though, catching their prey by throwing silken nets and 'bungee jumping' on ropes of silk. Wolf spiders spin delicate capsules to carry their eggs, male spiders strum desperate serenades, and baby spiders float up into the air on strands of silk.
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2. Taking to the Air

Expired 3.0 8 x
David Attenborough tells the story of the winged insects that were the first creatures to take to the air.
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1. Invasion of the Land

Expired 3.0 8 x
Prepare to march alongside millipedes, abseil with leopard slugs, squirm with giant two-metre-long worms and dance with creatures smaller than a full stop, as David Attenborough reveals how animals first left the seas to colonise the land over 400 million years ago.
May 2013

5. Supersocieties

3.0 12 x
Revealing how small insects can accomplish great things by working in amazing partnerships

4. Intimate Relations

3.0 8 x
A look at the alliances and partnerships tiny creatures form with each other and plants.

3. The Silk Spinners

3.0 13 x
David Attenborough looks at the many uses of silk in the insect world.

2. Taking to the Air

3.0 5 x
The story of the winged insects that were the first creatures to take to the air.

1. Invasion of the Land

3.0 7 x
Revealing how animals first left the seas to colonise the land over 400 million years ago.(R)
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