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Bug Off (or 5 Films About Bugs)

Bug Off (or 5 Films About Bugs)

Bug Off (or 5 Films About Bugs)

Are there any creatures on earth more maligned and misunderstood than bugs? Though often dismissed as nothing but pests, bugs are, in actuality, amazing creatures and a vital part to our eco-system. Luckily for us, however, our busy worker bees here at the NFB colony have found a swarm of films to help better educate us about these astounding arthropods.

So, relax and curl up in a cocoon made of blankets as we present to you 5 super fly films about all things creepy and crawly.

Four Wings and a Prayer

Our first film on this list is this documentary about one of the most beautiful animals on earth: the Monarch butterfly. Based on the book by Sue Halpern, this doc takes us across an awesome adventure of triumph and survival, as the Monarchs make their annual three thousand kilometre long pilgrimage from their homes in Canada, over mountains, through storms and perilous dangers all the way to their migrational wintering grounds deep in the mountains of Mexico.

Four Wings and a Prayer, Nick de Pencier, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

“If bees die out, man will only have four years of life left on earth.”

– usually attributed to Albert Einstein.

Indeed, unless you’re Nicholas Cage in a terrible re-make of Wickerman, you’re probably worried about Colony Collapse Disorder, which has caused the number of bees on Earth to drastically decline. In this documentary, the viewer is introduced to  various philosophers and scientists, all of whom are investigating this mysterious phenomenon. Is there a solution? Watch and find out.


From the Ancient Greek word entomon, meaning “insect” and logia, meaning “the study of,” Entomology is, in short, the science of bugs! The branch of biology concerned with all things insect, this short under 5-minute documentary provides a great introduction for any aspiring little scientist or anyone interested in bugs.

Black Fly

A charming animation based on the folksong of the same title, this short film is written and sung by Canadian singer Wade Hemsworth, with back-up vocals by the McGarrigle sisters. It follows the misadventures of Hemsworth himself as he battles the ancient, bone pickin’ arch-enemy of all outdoors people in Northern Ontari-o: the blackfly! A fun earworm you’ll be humming all day.

Blackfly, Christopher Hinton, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Science at the Top of the World – Field Work: Studying Insects in Ivvavik National Park

Take a trip to Ivvavik National Park, with arthropod aficionado and bug expert Jason Straka. Part of the Science and the Top of the World series, which spotlights different Arctic eco-systems throughout Canada, this particular vignette is all about the important ecological role insects have as signifiers of the natural balance.

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