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David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

  • 2013
  • Season 1
  • 5 episodes
  • Nature

Summary

Sir David Attenborough examines the mysteries behind some of nature's most fascinating creatures and plants.

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Episode 5: Seeing the Pattern

Summary

David Attenborough examines a zebra's stripes and the wings of a butterfly, as he continues to discover nature's evolutionary anomalies.

Review

The purpose of colour and pattern in the natural world is the focus of this final part of an unfussy but enriching series. Are the zebra’s stripes for sexual attraction, to break up its outline or to deter flies? And what about the colouring of butterflies? Sir David addresses that last question from the Natural History Museum, which houses more than three million specimens.

As with previous instalments, there’s no pat answer; just fabulous stats and striking illustrations. The moment the sun’s warmth spurs monarch butterflies into flight, like a blizzard of leaves in autumn, is a fairy tale made real.

How to watch

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There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

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Credits

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PresenterDavid Attenborough

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Executive producerStephen Dunleavy

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  • Episode 5

    Seeing the Pattern

    Summary

    David Attenborough examines a zebra's stripes and the wings of a butterfly, as he continues to discover nature's evolutionary anomalies.

    Review

    The purpose of colour and pattern in the natural world is the focus of this final part of an unfussy but enriching series. Are the zebra’s stripes for sexual attraction, to break up its outline or to deter flies? And what about the colouring of butterflies? Sir David addresses that last question from the Natural History Museum, which houses more than three million specimens.

    As with previous instalments, there’s no pat answer; just fabulous stats and striking illustrations. The moment the sun’s warmth spurs monarch butterflies into flight, like a blizzard of leaves in autumn, is a fairy tale made real.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterDavid Attenborough

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerStephen Dunleavy
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