David Attenborough - The Life Series


Life in the Undergrowth

Life in the Undergrowth

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Insects disguising themselves as flowers or leaves. A spider that lassoes its prey. A beetle that persuades a bee to care for its young. Small is beautiful. And astonishingly varied – far over a million species – and important.

Kept small by lack of backbones, invertebrates were here before us, will still be here when we have gone. They are the pollinators, cleaners and recyclers of life on earth. With their help, we have evolved. Without them, we would not last long.

Chapter list

  • 1 Invasion of the land
  • 2 The first to fly
  • 3 The silk spinners
  • 4 Intimate relations
  • 5 Supersocieties