Micro Monsters with David Attenborough


Series 1 - Episode 5 Family



There have been many animated movies that play off individualism versus social cohesion in the insect world (A Bug’s Life, Antz, Bee Movie). But here David Attenborough shows that there is no room for rebels in the highly organised societies of bugs.

While most of the series has focused on conflict, this episode is all about co-operation. The suitably named social spiders spin one enormous, 30m web for the whole colony, a queen bee rules her hive with a strict hierarchy and some green ants show great team spirit to help build a nest together. There are no broken societies here.


David Attenborough shifts the focus to bugs that prefer cooperation rather than conflict. They include burrowing cockroaches, the suitably named social spiders - which share a 30-metre web - the queen bee and her happy hive of workers, and green ants pulling together to build a nest.

Cast & Crew

Narrator David Attenborough