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Life on Earth: 4: The Swarming Hordes


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A natural history by David Attenborough.
The story of life from the first primitive cells to the plants and animals that now live around us. A series of 13 programmes.
The number of insect species runs into millions; a single termite colony may consist of a million individuals; a locust swarm even a million million.
But not all insects destroy plants as locusts do. Some have developed extremely close relationships. Insects pollinate flowers and in many cases neither flower nor insect can survive without the other.
Other relationships exist between plants and social insects such as bees and ants. In such societies one individual may sacrifice herself apparently for the good of the colony. How such behaviour could evolve through natural selection was a problem that confounded biologists for many years.

(BBC Bristol)
(Repeated next Sunday)


Presenter: David Attenborough
Photography: Maurice Fisher
Photography: Mantis Films
Photography: Oxford Scientific Films
Film Editor: Betty Block
Film Editor: Ron Martin
Music: Edward Williams
Executive Producer: Christopher Parsons

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