Secrets of Success

A Teleplay for a One-Hour TV Documentary


Synopsis & Outline

The unsurpassed success of insects — the most numerous and diverse group of animals on the planet — is seen as the result of their wondrous defenses, adaptations, communication, and societies, all of which impact — and are impacted by — the lives of human beings, the single most successful species on Earth. This is, thus, “the age of instinct and intelligence”!

  • Introduction: The Age of Insect & Human Beings
    • Introduction
    • The Success of Insects vs. The Success of People
      • Diversity
      • Numbers
      • Reproduction rates
      • Antiquity, or conversely ...
      • Distribution
      • Physical fitness
      • Technology
      • Social organizations
      • Rights and responsibilities
    • Learning About Ourselves by Learning About Insects
  • Insect Defenses: Surviving in the Environment
    • Introduction
    • Structural Defenses
      • Small size
      • Large size and armor
      • Shelters
      • Camouflage
      • Markings
      • Mimicry
    • Behavioral Defenses
      • Fight
        • chemical
        • physical
      • Fright: Playing possum
      • Flight
  • Insect Adaptations: Prospering in the Environment
    • Structural Adaptations
      • Wings
      • Other locomotion
      • Mouthparts
      • Summary
      • Example: Honey bee
        • pollen- and nectar-gathering adaptations
        • compound eyes / honey comb
    • Functional/Behavioral Adaptations
      • Floral co-evolution
      • Complete metamorphosis
  • Insect Communication: Affecting/Sensing the Environment
    • Introduction
    • The Five Senses
      • Hearing
      • Seeing
      • Smelling
      • Touching
      • Tasting etc.: Dancing honey bees
  • Insect Societies: Creating an Environment
    • Introduction
    • Provisioned Nests
    • Progressive Provisioning
    • The Social Condition: Ex. Termites
    • Fascinating Feats of Ants
    • A Tool-Using Wasp
  • Conclusion: The State of Human/Insect Relations
    • Introduction to Entomology
    • Damages
      • Crop pests
      • Storage pests
      • Structural pests
      • Medical/Veterinary pests
      • Ecological damages by people
      • Insecticides
        • uses
        • hazards
        • immune pest populations
    • Benefits
      • Beekeeping
      • Insect products
      • Genetic experiments
      • Soil-building
      • Insects as wildlife food
      • Weed-eating
      • Biological control
        • predatory insects
        • parasitic insects
        • insectaries
    • Conclusion: The Age of Instinct And Intelligence

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