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A quiet summer home

Duration: 02:20

Summer drought and heat is the enemy of animals around the Mediterranean. Snails climb up bushes and seal their shells with mucus to keep the moisture in. In one secluded valley on the island of Rhodes, Jersey tiger moths gather in their millions to wait out the summer. Here there is shade and a stream to keep the air moist. A freshwater crab eats a moth it has caught, and some water boatmen feed on one that has blundered into the stream. David Attenborough visits the moths' summer shelter, but has to be careful not to disturb them with noise or sudden movement. The moths eat nothing for four months. If they are startled and fly around they will waste precious energy, and might not make it through until autumn when they need to lay their eggs.

Available since: Thu 24 Feb 2011

Credits

Presenter
David ATTENBOROUGH
Presenter
Andrew NEAL
Writer
David ATTENBOROUGH
Camera Operator
Alan HAYWARD
Camera Operator
Rodger JACKMAN
Camera Operator
Simon KING
Camera Operator
Alan MCGREGOR
Camera Operator
Neil RETTIG
Camera Operator
Martin SAUNDERS
Camera Operator
Gavin THURSTON

This clip is from

First Eden Episode 1:THE MAKING OF THE GARDEN

1/4 The Mediterranean world - its history, natural history, & first people.

First broadcast: 08 Mar 1987

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