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Island surprise

Duration: 01:25

Many Hawaiian insects are flightless and use their wings for a different purpose such as courtship or defence. Some have lost them all together. Other Hawaiian insects have evolved a new diet. Unlike its plant-eating relatives elsewhere, the Hawaiian twig caterpillar is a carnivore that uses tiny hairs on its back end to detect flies.

Available since: Mon 28 Feb 2011

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The Living Planet World's Apart

10/12 David Attenborough explores the isolated islands which are a haven for ancient species.

First broadcast: 22 Mar 1984

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