A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching. Written by
In the end credits: Le Conseil Général de L'Aveyron and SIVOM des Monts et Lacs du Lévezou extend the adventure in the world of insects at the Jean-Henri Fabre Center of Saint-Léons in Lévezou, opening in 1998. See more »
This is a French-made nature film that features a lot of closeup
photography. Much of that footage is amazing stuff. How they got
closeups that sharp on these insects is a tribute to the camera lenses
available today and the expertise and patience of the photographers.
Some of the shots are so close that, at first, you don't know what
insect you're seeing. Other insects are not familiar ones you'd
recognize, anyway. Some are really strange-looking.
The colors, the wild shapes and actions of these creatures all make a
for a fascinating movie in parts, one that literally all ages should
enjoy, as the cliché goes. I found, however, that with no dialog, it
was tough to watch more than 30 minutes at one time. You might want to
break this up into two or three segments. There is sound, however: the
sound these insects make. With the camera-work, it makes you feel as if
you, too, were a small object on the ground listening to these strange
Obviously, this is a unique film and highly recommended.
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