Educational film showing the wildlife found in meadows.
A British Instructional Film. Woman in a kind of milkmaid's outfit wanders through a sunny meadow. Pastoral scenes and lyrical voiceover. "Deep carpet of lush green grass starred with flowers." M/S of woman walking through a field with thigh high Marguerite. Other meadow flowers are mentioned: dandelions, buttercups, clover, thistle. Pan over flower filled meadows. Milkmaid wanders down a step hill covered with flowers. C/U of woman crouching in the flowers about to pick one. C/U of her hands as she looks at a stem of grass - a ladybird crawls over the grass onto the woman's hands. C/U of the ladybird as it crawls on a stem covered with aphids. We see the ladybird sucking on an aphid. C/U of the "ragged robin" flower. C/U of cotton grass seed heads, dandelion clocks, hares foot trefoil (?) and yarrow. C/U of bee crawling inside a flower. It re-emerges. We then see other insects feeding from flowers. The narrator draws our attention to the way the pollen is brushed onto the insect from the flowers anthers. Bee buzzes around the stem of a flower - it has discovered a "short cut" to the nectar of this flower, it pierces the spur and feeds without pollination. C/Us of snails. Snail's tongue is described over M/S of two snails approaching each other. Various different grasses are shown. Some have butterflies flying around them, another has a grasshopper attached. Various C/Us of grasshoppers from different angles. The way they "chirp" is described. Their powerful back legs are described and we see them moving around and eating. We see the female grasshopper using her "ovi positor" (?) to bore into the ground and lay eggs. Young grasshoppers are described. Caterpillars are seen in C/U as they move up the stems of plants. "But for really interesting locomotion, the millipede gets the prize." Extreme C/U of legs and body of a millipede as it moves along a stem. C/U of stinging nettles and thistles. A peacock butterfly is seen. Swallowtail butterfly is seen in C/U. We see the female lay an egg. A caterpillar emerges from the egg. An older swallowtail caterpillar is seen and its colours are described. We see how the caterpillar changes into a pupa - its outer skin is shed (presumably this is shot in time lapse). Another swallowtail is seen. Burnett (?) moth emerges from a pupa. C/U of the moth. C/Us of various butterflies extracting nectar from flowers. Film ends with more shots of the woman walking through the flowery meadow.
Note: Although this has an Intertitle "Secrets of Nature", it is not the 1930s Secrets of Nature we know and love. Compiled with the Co-operation of the National Committee for Visual Aids in Education.