Friday Film:: Virgin Mothers

Today’s Friday Film is by John Dunstan whose excellent short films were featured in previous posts, Short Film:: Wild Jersey City and ‘The Secret Life of….my small urban backyard’ in a past Foragings.

He’s back with a new short film, one ¬†in a series building from the bottom up on the food chain. This one is titled ‘Virgin Mothers‘ and features the role of aphids in our complex food web. The film explores parthenogenesis, the ability of aphids to reproduce without breeding. It also¬†demonstrates the various roles of aphids at the bottom of the food chain including being farmed, used as hosts and of course as a buffet source for a variety of other insects. The film includes an interesting look at honeydew, the waste of the aphids and its impact on other wildlife. The footage is beautiful and offers a fascinating, close-up look at the life of aphids.

Virgin Mothers from John Dunstan on Vimeo.

About the Author

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist and author based in Seattle. She founded and writes The Metropolitan Field Guide, a blog for ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat and has contributed articles to a variety of other websites and publications. She earned a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon in 2009 and continues to take various classes on nature. She is currently enrolled in a certificate program for non-fiction writing at the University of Washington. On the side she also photographs the natural world and sells nature related arts and crafts in her Etsy Nature Shop.

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