Life in the Undergrowth

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  • 2005
  • 1 Season
  • 9.0  (3,647)

Life in the Undergrowth is a nature documentary series created and guided by David Attenborough. David shows viewers the weirdest, rarest, and most bizarre looking creatures around the world. Most of the wild life are invertebrates which for every one person there's two hundred million of them. He unwinds fantastic mind weltering stories behind the different species he finds. David explains how some had to overcome their size and well being in order to survive on their own. This documentary series captures wonderful pixel perfect videos and close up shots to reveal every aspect of the wild life animals in action.

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Supersocieties
5. Supersocieties
December 21, 2005
Some invertebrates have overcome the limitation of their small size by banding together in huge numbers. Many of these societies are so fine-tuned in the way they operate it's as if they were a single being. But insect societies aren't all shining examples of co-operative behaviour. The series ends with two insect armies fighting head on as Matabele ants raid a nearby termite mound. The result is total carnage.
Intimate Relations
4. Intimate Relations
December 14, 2005
Ever since they came onto land, the tiny creatures of the undergrowth have been forming alliances and partnerships with each other and with plants. Many of these relationships are staggeringly complex. While some clearly benefit both partners, others most certainly do not. Meet the bot fly which uses smaller house flies as unwitting couriers to carry its eggs to cows, where they hatch and bore into the unsuspecting animal's flesh.
The Silk Spinners
3. The Silk Spinners
December 7, 2005
Silk is the secret weapon of the undergrowth. From the protective stalks of lacewing eggs, to the hanging threads of glow-worms, insects use it in an amazing variety of ways. Silk is stronger than a steel thread of the same diameter but, unlike steel, it's elastic. Witness the spiders who have taken the use of this extraordinary material to its extremes.
Taking To The Air
2. Taking To The Air
November 30, 2005
From the stunning aerobatics of hoverflies in a Bristol garden to the mass migration of purple crow butterflies in Taiwan, this episode tells the story of the winged insects. The latest ultra-slow motion cameras reveal incredible flight skills, such as dragonflies catching their prey and bluebottles flying upside down. While David Attenborugh is on hand to witness the mass emergence of winged cicadas after 17 years underground.
Invasion of the Land
1. Invasion of the Land
November 23, 2005
Just over 400 million years ago creatures left the seas to move onto land. They were the invertebrates. Since then they have become the most successful group of animals, adapting to every environment on earth. Now, for every human there are 200 million of them. Their largely unseen world is now revealed as David Attenborough tells the story of the land-living invertebrates.
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Life in the Undergrowth is a nature documentary series created and guided by David Attenborough. David shows viewers the weirdest, rarest, and most bizarre looking creatures around the world. Most of the wild life are invertebrates which for every one person there's two hundred million of them. He unwinds fantastic mind weltering stories behind the different species he finds. David explains how some had to overcome their size and well being in order to survive on their own. This documentary series captures wonderful pixel perfect videos and close up shots to reveal every aspect of the wild life animals in action.

Life in the Undergrowth is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (5 episodes). The series first aired on November 23, 2005.

Where to Watch Life in the Undergrowth

Life in the Undergrowth is available for streaming on the BBC Earth website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Life in the Undergrowth on demand at Amazon and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    November 23, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    9.0  (3,647)