A journey to the heart of the insect empire, one of the most successful life forms on the planet. This edition focuses on insect reproduction. Even the tiniest insect can find a mate by using powerful chemicals or a song loud enough to carry a long distance. If all their offspring were to survive, one pair of flies could produce a ball of maggots as big as the Earth within a year.
Since the dawn of time they have been in conflict with the human race: invading our homes, building sophisticated colonies and using high-tech weapons. Mankind is slowly losing this War of the Worlds against the ultimate Alien, The Insect. Alien Empire shows how well equipped they are for the fight. Their skeleton is a design miracle, their incredible communication systems include on board sensors and transmitters for emitting sound and light signals and their societies are fantastically organized. Alien Empire draws on the latest techniques in robotics and artificial intelligence, along with state-of-the-art computer animation and graphics to straightscopes and endoscopes shrink the viewer to allow a fascinating in-depth view of the insect kingdom. This NATURE’S miniseries takes you into the bizarre, fascinating world of insects with amazing graphics. Show 1, “Hardware & Replicators,” takes a close look at insect design and examines their reproductive strategies. Show 2, “Battlezone & Metropolis” focuses on the constant war that insects wage for food and the complex habitats and social relationships they create. And Show 3, “Voyagers & War of the Worlds,” charts insect migration and explores the ways insects and humans wage war — and occasionally cooperate.