The Incredible Story of the Monarch Butterfly: Four Wings and a Prayer
Documentary about the migration of the Monarch butterfly from its Canadian birthplace to its wintering site in the Mexican rainforests, a tale of scientific marvel and beauty.
Every autumn a miracle happens. A Monarch butterfly born in Canada will fly 5,000 km to the rainforests of Mexico, across land it has never seen. It is a journey filled with peril. Many never make it, and those that do will never return. It takes three more generations to make the journey back to Canada the following spring. No butterfly has ever made the journey before and none of them will ever make it again.
Based on the critically-acclaimed book by Sue Halpern and narrated by Kristin Scott Thomas, the migration of the Monarch butterfly from its birthplace in Canada to its wintering site in the rainforests of Mexico is an epic struggle for survival: an astonishing story of scientific marvel and awesome beauty.
Alien Nation Season
This documentary is part of a special season of BBC Four programmes supersizing the insect world. Discover the other programmes in the season below…
- Planet Ant - The secret, underground world of the ant colony is revealed.
- Insect Worlds - Steve Backshall explores the world of insects and their close relatives.
- Metamorphosis: The Science of Change - Discover the ultimate evolutionary magic trick.
- Edwardian Insects on Film - Celebrating amateur naturalist & filmmaker Percy Smith.
- Insect Dissection - Uncovering ingenious body systems and finely tuned senses.
- Minuscule - A seamless combination of animation and real life.
- Can Eating Insects Save the World? - Stefan Gates investigates.
|Narrator||Kristin Scott Thomas|