NATURE reveals the importance of an unlikely partnership between a regal tree and a tiny wasp in The Queen of Trees.
It may be one of nature’s oddest couples: a tiny wasp that can barely be seen, and a giant fig tree, the sycomore, which shelters a remarkable menagerie of wildlife among its limbs. The wasp and the fig depend on each other for survival. Without the wasp, the tree could not pollinate its flowers and produce seeds. Without the fig, the wasp would have nowhere to lay its eggs.
The Queen of Trees shows this delicate dance of survival in exquisite detail, including spectacular close-ups of the wasp’s remarkable life inside a ripening fig. To capture such incredible images, filmmakers Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble spent two years camped out near a giant sycomore fig in Kenya’s outback, documenting the tree’s pivotal role as a source of food and shelter for everything from gray hornbills, Africa’s largest bird, to swarms of invading insects searching for food. In a surprising turn, some insects come to the tree’s aid — sparking a battle you won’t want to miss.
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Production Credits Print
Filmed, Directed, Written and Produced by
MARK DEEBLE & VICTORIA STONE
Production Coordinators, Additional Photography and Location Sound Recording
LUCY BATEMAN AND ETIENNE OLIFF
HD On-line and Grading
JANE WANGU WARUI
Produced in Association With
KENYA WILDLIFE SERVICE
The Producers Wish to Thank
FRANK HOWITT AND DOLCIE SPENCER
GLENN AND PHIL MATTHEWS
MARTIN SETH SMITH
RUSINGA ISLAND LODGE, LAKE VICTORIA
SHOMPOLE COMMUNITY GROUP RANCH
© 2005 Flat Dog Productions Limited
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
Executive in Charge
A Co-Production of Deeble & Stone Productions, Thirteen/WNET New York, NHK, Granada International, BBC and ZDF
This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.
© 2006 Educational Broadcasting Corporation
All Rights Reserved
DANIEL B. GREENBERG
MARY HOPE GARCIA
Courtesy of Deeble and Stone
About the Writer
David Malakoff is a journalist covering research discoveries and the politics of science for SCIENCE MAGAZINE in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in a wide range of venues, including THE ECONOMIST, THE WASHINGTON POST, and ABCNews.com.
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