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Big Bad Bugs

A mantis can turn its head 180 degrees. When it spots potential food, it turns to look directly at it with both eyes for good binocular vision.  This allows it to estimate distances very accurately and thus know exactly when to strike at its prey.
We might think of them as tiny and insignificant -- but shrink to their size and we soon realize it's these creatures that truly rule the planet. Bugs in all their forms dominate planet Earth and without them, we wouldn't survive. They pollinate our crops and clear away waste, and now we are swooping right into their world. We'll magnify the breathtaking sights all around us and find out how and why these creatures have become so successful.