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Planet Ant

Amy - AV September 25, 2015

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A documentary about leaf cutting ants may not sound very interesting, but the BBC’s Planet Ant turned out to be an absolutely fascinating learning experience.  Two scientists, entomologist George McGavin and leaf cutter expert Professor Adam Hart, team up to transport a colony of ants from Trinidad to a man-made habitat in Glasgow, Scotland.  The habitat is similar to their own very large colony, with many chambers and caverns; however, this world is made of glass and allows for unprecedented views into the daily life of this very complex society.  This film offers up-close observations of these tiny creatures and, through the use of time-lapse cameras, microphones, microscopes, and radio tracking technology, allows the viewer to get a better understanding of how these societies function.  It is astonishing to realize that these creatures communicate, have a caste system, are farmers, and solve complicated mathematical problems.  The cinematography is incredible, but if looking at ants and other bugs bothers you, then you may want to think twice about this one!  I personally got over my squeamishness early in the film and quickly became very interested.  This documentary makes you realize that humans are not the only civilized society on this planet.  

Overall Rating:  A+

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