As the early June sun begins to set over a calm river in Central Hungary,
masses of ghostly shapes emerge from their larval cases to take to the air
for the first time. They are mayflies and in a spectacular display,
thousands of them demonstrate how the very first wings were used.
From the stunning aerobatics of hoverflies in an Endlish garden to the mass
migration of purple crow butterflies in the valleys of Taiwan, this episode
tells the tale of the first animals ever to take to the air. Unique footage
reveals the lightning fast reactions of bluebottles and hoverflies, filmed
with one of the world's fastest cameras, and David Attenborough handles the
world's largest (and perhaps most ferocious) insect - the Titan beetle.
LIFE IN THE UNDERGROWTH
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"Professor Kelso had no qualms in throwing me into stuff thatís usually done for senior research," White says. "It was an opportunity that was instrumental to my success as a student and a pivotal moment in my life." [ more ]