Animals congregate in huge colonies partly out of necessity and partly for the security that numbers provide. Icelandic puffins form nesting colonies of more than a million, tucked in between hundreds of thousands of other seabirds, which provides shared information about food sources and reduces the odds of individual birds being attacked. But, colonies are also useful for predators. Social spiders in Ecuador work together to capture prey 20 times the size an individual might subdue on its own. For others, communal living provides perfect multi-generational caregiving options or the opportunity to build enormous cities – such as the acre-wide, multi-million-citizen colonies built by leaf cutter ants in Costa Rica.
availablepublic121532365472551cove12153Animal Homes: CitiesAnimals congregate in huge colonies partly out of necessity and partly for the security.Some animal species congregate in huge groups. Icelandic puffins form colonies of more than a million, which provides shared information about food sources and reduces the odds of being attacked. Social spiders in Ecuador gather by the thousands to capture large prey. Leaf cutter ants in Costa Rica build enormous acre-wide cities to house multimillion-citizen colonies.2015-04-21 21:00publish2020-04-21 19:59:59April 21, 2020disabledshowfalse16146Bee Mating Frenzy Ends in DeathA frenzy of male bees smothers a female in an attempt to mate.2018-05-09 21:00http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/files/2018/04/NBR_Ep3_Clip_MM-480x270.jpg3011510211cove16110Sex, Lies and ButterfliesExplore the amazing abilities of butterflies – from camouflage to chemical weaponry.2018-04-04 21:00http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/files/2018/03/sex-lies-butterflies-480x270.jpg3011032014cove