• Short Summary

    Educational film about the life of a glow worm.

  • Description

    A British Instructional Film.

    C/U of an adult male glow-worm. We see it eating then a close view of its head. We see female glow-worms - they look like caterpillars. Female on the ground. On the stem of a plant with the abdomen glowing. Female glow-worm going under a stone to lay eggs. C/U of cluster of four eggs. Young hatch. They move like caterpillars. C/U of glow-worm's head and long neck. C/U of horns. Snail with striped shell. Glow worm crawls up stem of plant towards a snail. C/U showing how glow-worm grips on to stem. Snail gets away. Glow-worm pursues the snail on the ground. Attaches itself to the snail's shell. It drags the snail along behind it. It injects an anaesthetic into the snail and then eats it. Tweezers and a pointed instrument are used to show how the snail has no feeling. We see the glow-worm eating the snail. It cleans itself of any remaining bits of snail with its "rosette". Glow-worm sheds its skin. It emerges leaving its old skin behind. Adult male shedding its skin. Male approaching female to mate.

    Revised with the Co-operation of the National Committee for Visual Aids in Education.

    Note: Although this has an inter-title "Secrets of Nature", it is not the 1930s Secrets of Nature we know and love.

    Alternative search term for "glow-worm" is "glow worm" no hyphen.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1940 - 1949
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:08:00 / 01:07:02:00

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