Educational film about the process of pollination - time lapse photography and an animated bee feature.
Wardour Films Ltd. presentation. Produced by British Instructional Films.
Flowers opening seen through time lapse photography. Narration describes the process of pollination. Snowdrop flower opens. Bees and wasps buzz around landing on flowers. Tulip opening. Spiderwort petals close up. Snapdragons. Narration describes how flowers protect pollen from rain by closing their petals at any sign of rain. Poor man's orchid - pollen is catapulted from anthers if certain petals are touched. This is illustrated by touching petals with a pencil. Lupin makes pollen into a paste - petals are pushed down to release the pistil which pushes out the pollen.
"Bertie" the Secrets of Nature model bee is animated to illustrate how pollen gets on to his chest. The Meadowsage petals manipulated first with a match then by Bertie. "In real life the action takes place so quickly that you can hardly see it." Time lapse of the pistil coming down to pick up pollen from another plant off Bertie's back. Thistle flower (?) opening. Cross section of a flower to show anthers and pistil. Cross section of a model dandelion. The pistil divides. Globe thistle growing in time lapse. Attracted to the flowers, insects looking for honey distribute pollen. Cornflowers. Daisy opening. The Everlasting Flower. Narrator talks of certain flowers advertising their wares. Ends with the comment that "Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."
Note: two prints exist - soundtrack out of sync on lavender print.