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Natural World

  • 2010
  • Season 30
  • 14 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • Nature

Summary

A biologist who raised 13 turkeys from an endangered breed; a honey ant queen's rise to dominance, and wildlife in Cornwall are among the subjects featured in series 30.

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Episode 2: Empire of the Desert Ants

Summary

The epic story of one honeypot ant queen's dramatic rise to power and her brutal fall from grace

Review

One of those natural history films that leaves you disturbed, creeped out and amazed. Don’t be put off, mind: it is an astounding feat of photography, delivering an ant’s-eye view of the Arizona desert over the eight-year life of a honey ant colony. Scene after scene delivers macabre wonders, like the way some worker ants (called “repletes”) feed so much that their abdomens become vastly swollen, filled with concentrated honeydew, whereupon the repletes are fixed to the roof of the nest and become living larders for the rest of the colony. It’s a nightmare, alien world, but beautiful in its way.

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2011-08-10
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NarratorAndy Serkis
ProducerIan Gray
Series editorSteve Greenwood
Executive producerTim Martin

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