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Life In The Undergrowth – top ten video clips

Watch the best bits from Life In The Undergrowth as chosen by the TV production team.

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Programme 1: Invasion Of The Land
Play video - leopard slugs
Mating leopard slugs
"One of the most extraordinary things I've seen in the natural world. When people see this they'll look upon the humble garden slug with a new eye."
Play video - dancing springtails
Dancing springtails
"This clip always makes people laugh. These creatures are as small as a full stop and yet they still have charm."

Peter Bassett, Producer

Programme 2: Taking To The Air
Play video - titan beetle
Titan beetle
"The largest insect in the world - but its life history is still a mystery."
Play video - the moth and the lantern bug
The moth and the lantern bug
"An amazingly enterprising moth - this new behaviour has only just been discovered!"

Mike Salisbury, Series Producer

Programme 3: The Silk Spinners
Play video - trapdoor spider
Trapdoor spider
"David had tried to attract spiders at lots of holes without success. When a spider did jump out, David was momentarily lost for words - a rare sight."
Play video - amazing web
An amazing web
"We saw the spider ratchet up the tension in its web. We knew what was supposed to happen, but when it 'bungee jumped' down on its prey, it gave us all a surprise."

Bridget Appleby, Producer

Programme 4: Intimate Relations
Play video - feather-legged bug
Feather-legged bug
"This is such a recent discovery that scientists at the Australian Museum are still trying to work out what type of chemical smell the bug uses to attract the ants. I really like the way this sequence builds to a shocking end."
Play video - bot fly
Bot fly
"Bot flies are terrible! Their larvae feed on flesh, including humans'. They use other flies as couriers to transport their eggs. We filmed them catching house flies in Brazil. It took three weeks to get this shot."

Stephen Dunleavy, Producer

Programme 5: Supersocieties
Play video - giant Asiatic honeybees
Giant Asiatic honeybees
"Placing David next to tens of thousands of stinging bees was bad enough but doing it nearly 200ft up a tree meant careful planning. And it paid off. I'd witnessed the bees' Mexican wave response before but never knew the reason for it."
Play video - mangrove ants
Mangrove ants
"Filming these ants involved days on end in mosquito-infested mangrove swamps. But it was worth it - the ants were real characters and one was particularly good at swimming, so we nicknamed it 'Ian Thorpe'."

Stephen Dunleavy, Producer

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 Elsewhere on the web

Find out about leopard slugs and springtails.

Natural History Museum
More about springtails.

Butterfly Conservation
An introduction to moths.

Natural History Museum
The world of spiders.

More about spiders and other silk spinners.

Pictures and video of British invertebrates.

Australian Museum
More about the feather-legged assassin bug.

Natural History Museum
Ants and termites - the real kings of the jungle.

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