From the BBC:
From the BBC:
A now classic spoof from the BBC:
Behind-the-scenes peak here.
This behind-the-scenes BBC video has all my favorite things. Charismatic insects, face time with a knowledgeable scientist, narration by David Attenborough, and spectacular cinematography. And, a crossbow. I think I enjoyed it more than the actual film.
From the BBC’s amazing “Life in the Undergrowth“:
A bonus point to anyone who can name the ant at 1:40.
A high-paced action film from BBC’s Life:
It’s got brutal fighting, spectacular free-falls, and plenty of sex. Just what you’ve come to expect from David Attenborough.
A short clip from the BBC program “Ant Attack”
Driver ant males are astoundingly strange creatures. They are larger, more muscular, more exaggerated than most other male ants. The reason is likely linked to the behavior shown in the above video: males must first be accepted by a gauntlet of choosy workers.
A classic paper by Franks and Hoelldobler (1987) describes the theory. This preference of workers for bulkier males- and a corresponding slaughter of smaller or otherwise unsuitable ones- drives an evolutionary trajectory towards increasing monstrosity. It’s an ant version of the peacock’s tail.
(From BBC’s “Walk on the Wild Side“)
From the BBC’s excellent, if overly dramatic, wildlife unit: