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Life in the Undergrowth - Supersocieties

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Added July 11, 2008Video Info

By:speedy_duck
Category:Educational
Length:50:03
Resolution:720 x 400
Filesize:284 MB
Language:English
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This episode looks at the superorganisms formed by bees, ants and termites. Attenborough reveals ...This episode looks at the superorganisms formed by bees, ants and termites. Attenborough reveals that their colonies, whose individuals were once considered purely servile, are "full of conflict, power struggles and mutinies." They evolved when such creatures moved away from a solitary existence and started building nests side-by-side, which led to a collective approach to caring for their young. There are about 20,000 species of bee, and a queen bumblebee is shown starting a new nest. As it grows, the inhabitants all help to maintain it and bring nectar and pollen. However, anarchy erupts when the queen starts to destroy eggs laid by her workers: she is stung to death and the colony ends. Ants live in bigger societies, which can make them vulnerable, but Attenborough goads a nest of wood ants into demonstrating their defence: formic acid. In Australia, a nest in a mangrove swamp has to be continuously rearranged to escape the tides. Meanwhile, desert-dwelling harvester ants block up nearby nests in an effort to maximise their food pickings. A bivouac of army ants is explored: they prove to be one of those most regimented organisms, where the action of each individual is for the good of the million-strong colony. Attenborough investigates magnetic termites, whose slab-like mounds are all aligned to account for the movement of the sun. Finally, a full-scale battle between termites and matabele ants is depicted in close-up.

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VOLTRON1982 wrote 5 months ago: Thanks for the upload, great film.
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Thanks for the upload, great film.
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blue-heron wrote 1 year ago: Hi! Yes, some of us are still here (or h
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Hi! Yes, some of us are still here (or have returned) -- I love all these attenborough films! THANKS!!!
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Softyz wrote 5 years ago: very very good and informative video. Th
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very very good and informative video. Thx speedy for the upload. I liked it alot and wil now watch the other vids u have.
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simopepi wrote 6 years ago: Bravo :) you rule again speedy Thanks
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Bravo :) you rule again speedy
Thanks
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speedy_duck wrote 6 years ago: I guess we do have something in common r
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I guess we do have something in common raphfoo. Again, thanks for your wonderful support on my videos.
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raphfoo wrote 6 years ago: i love it! you and i have same passion!
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i love it! you and i have same passion!
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speedy_duck wrote 6 years ago: If anybody find this video to be enjoyab
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If anybody find this video to be enjoyable and educational..i only ask of you that you'd say thanks or leave any comment that you want on this video. This would really help and encourage me to upload more of this video(s) to watch.
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