Planet Ant: Life Inside the Colony
Ant colonies are one of the wonders of nature - complex, organised and mysterious. This programme reveals the secret, underground world of the ant colony in a way that's never been seen before. At its heart is a massive, full-scale ant nest, specially designed and built to allow cameras to see its inner workings. The nest is a new home for a million-strong colony of leafcutter ants from Trinidad.
For a month, entomologist Dr George McGavin and leafcutter expert Professor Adam Hart capture every aspect of the life of the colony, using time-lapse cameras, microscopes, microphones and radio tracking technology. The ants instantly begin to forage, farm, mine and build. Within weeks, the colony has established everything from nurseries and gardens to graveyards.
The programme explores how these tiny insects can achieve such spectacular feats of collective organisation. This unique project reveals the workings of one of the most complex and mysterious societies in the natural world and shows the surprising ways in which ants are helping us solve global problems.
Alien Nation Season
Planet Ant is part of a special season of BBC Four programmes supersizing the insect world. Discover the other programmes in the season below…
- Insect Worlds - Steve Backshall explores the world of insects and their close relatives.
- Metamorphosis: The Science of Change - Discover the ultimate evolutionary magic trick.
- The Incredible Story of the Monarch Butterfly - Follow their 3,000 mile journey.
- 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.
|Series Producer||Jacqueline Smith|
|Executive Producer||Marcus Herbert|