Bugs: Nature’s Little Superheroes

Think insects are a pest? Think again. This documentary shows how these tiny geniuses can help us solve some of science’s biggest problems – from producing biofuel to killing drug-resistant bacteria and curing cancer.

Insects are the most diverse group of animals on the planet, making up more than 90% of the animals on Earth. They can be found on all continents, in all climates. Nature has equipped them with an amazing range of tricks. Some of them produce the strongest materials on earth to protect their bodies. Others have the most effective immune systems of the animal kingdom – far better than ours. And some have developed ingenious solutions to turn waste into energy. Wouldn’t it be great to learn some of their tricks?

Using custom-made cameras and special filming techniques, this film takes us deep into a world that is completely alien to ours but offers astonishingly ingenious solutions to our everyday problems.


  • Year: 2016
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: A&O BUERO
  • Director: BJÖRN PLATZ
  • Available Versions: ENG, GER
  • Country of production: Germany



  • Awards Main Prize In Science and Technology - Prize of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic at the Ekotopfilm – Envirofilm 2017 (Slovakia); German Environmental Film Award & Youth Jury Award at Naturvision Film Festival (Germany); EKOFILM Prize for Czech, Slovak and Central-European Films (Czech Rep.); Award of the Faculty of Engineering (Life Sciences Film Festival, Czech Republic); Environmental Film Prize (Bangkok Science Film Festival, Thailand) Festivals International Festival of Science Documentary Films AFO 2017 (Czech Republic); EKOTOP FILM / ENVIROFILM Festival 2017 (Slovakia); Naturvision Film Festival (Germany); Green Screen Int’l Wildlife Film Festival Eckenförde (Germany), EKOFILM International Film festival (Czech Rep.); Life Sciences Film Festival (Czech Rep); IFF Ekotop Film Festival (Prague); International Science Film Festival "World of Knowledge" (Russia); Wildlife Film Festival (Netherlands); Bangkok Science Film Festival (Thailand); Sci-Doc - European Science TV and New Media Festival (Portugal)

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