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David Attenborough's Dragons and Damsels

  • Nature

Summary

Arguably more beautiful than butterflies, better fliers than hummingbirds and with intriguing and complex behavioural patterns - dragonflies and damselflies are marvels of the insect kingdom. This documentary uses the latest camera technology to show their breath-taking manoeuvres, mating strategies, territorial behaviour and flight dynamics, revealing them to be the ultimate insect.

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Review

Do not adjust your TV sets — Sir David Attenborough hasn’t started narrating episodes of Game of Thrones. Rather, he’s turning his voiceover skills to a new documentary about the 30 million-year reign on Earth of dragonflies and damselflies.

The beautiful, close-up nature footage shows a side to the “ultimate insects” that we don’t normally see, while the in-depth guide to their social rituals, mating practices and flight techniques is an engrossing overview.

By the end, you might be hoping for more granular, one-off docs like this – even if this one’s not quite as dramatic as the title suggests.

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