Barely visible to the human eye, a truly fascinating universe lives in the bush and savannas of Africa. Here, creatures small, smaller and nearly invisible share a world with gigantic animals. Usually overlooked, often feared and despised, theirs may be a small world, but it's an important one.
Remarkable photography reveals some of the hundreds of invertebrates that thrive and support lives far larger than their own. Give this fascinating and tiny world a closer look and you'll discover the big wonders of small creatures. The "Explore The Wildlife Kingdom" series captures that mystery, adventure and drama of life in the wild like no other animal series. Join a safari to the farthest reaches of the globe. Explore the secrets of nature's incredible design. Journey into the kingdom of creation...to a place where nature tells its own story...and all through the lens of some of the finest wildlife photographers in the world.
|Peter's DVD rating: |
Despite some subtle creationist messages, there are a few excellent segments in this film,
including red velvet mites mating and ticks on the giraffe.
The cinematography of David and Carol Hughes is top notch, though we don't really need to see
those home movies of the couple.
|3:00||I: African honeybee carries pollen to hive
||3:20||Solitary carpenter bee snatched by leaf mantis
||3:55||Parasitic wasp oviposits in mantis egg case
|10:35||II: Dung beetles laying eggs in buffalo manure
||12:00||III: Termite colony cultivates fungus; queen lays eggs
||15:00||IV: Giraffes; scorpion, mantis, slugs enjoy rain
|18:35||Red velvet mites mating with spermatophores, oviposit on termites
||19:50||V: Winged termites emerge from colony, preyed by eagles, jackal, birds
||16:00||VI: Male lion rubs face in buffalo dung, chases off pride to feed
|22:14||Scorpions hunts millipede
||24:42||VII: Ostriches visit Hughes home
||27:05||VIII: White storks feed on grasshoppers, also preyed on by chameleon
|27:42||Ants sip honeydew from scale insect; scale insect emerges from pupa
||29:20||IX: Baby elephant's first bath
||30:20||Wasp builds nest from mud, and stocks with caterpillars;
|33:40||Parasitic fly leaves larva in wasp nest
||34:35||X: Ticks climb onto impala; oxpeckers eat ticks; warthogs scratch
||39:28||XI: Young giraffe dies from ticks; blow flies lay eggs on dead giraffe; larvae hatch in 4 days
|43:00||XII: Moon moth caterpillar pupates, female emerges and lays eggs.