butterflies: superheroes of nature

'Butterflies: Superheroes of Nature' takes us on a stunning journey of discovery to explore their unknown super-powers, you will never look at butterflies the same way again!

programme information

Duration

3 x 60' or 1 x 60'

Production Company

Pernel Media

YOP

2023

Definitions

HD 4K

Episode Information

With almost 150,000 recorded species, the butterfly - Lepidoptera to give it its scientific name - is the second most widely distributed insect in the world. With names like blue morpho, red admiral, death’s-head hawkmoth, small emperor moth, and comma, they make up nature’s own team of superheroes. Some can beat their wings over distances of more than 10,000 kilometers. Others can take on the appearance of an owl to scare off enemies. Some can even become invisible. These cunning, shape-shifting Avengers of nature are also blessed with incredible beauty. But how do butterflies – reputed to be fragile and ephemeral – deploy these super-powers? What are the secrets of these superheroes of nature? They may seem inoffensive, yet butterflies have conquered the world. They have even inspired us humans to achieve the incredible with what nature offers us. For the first time, butterflies are filmed using techniques specially adapted to this fleeting and elusive species. The slow-motion capture of the C300 Mark 2 will allow us to analyse each movement of the butterfly at 100 images per second, revealing what is imperceptible to the naked eye. Drones and tethered balloons mean we can join butterflies on their great migratory journeys. We can also draw on the latest techniques developed by researchers, notably a camera that for the first time enables us to film the inside of a cocoon and observe the transformation of a caterpillar, along with thermodynamic cameras developed by the universities of Harvard and Columbia to reveal the thermal properties of butterfly wings. We will also get down to the butterfly’s perspective to hear the beating of its wings and see how it deploys its super-powers, providing an immersive experience with these superheroes of nature. 'Butterflies: Superheroes of Nature' takes us on a stunning journey of discovery to explore their unknown super-powers. You will never look at butterflies the same way again! Available as a Pre-Sale Only.

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