Swarms

Get ready to be mobbed by the top ten most extreme swarms on the planet. Warning: this is not suitable for claustrophics!

Produced by NHNZ

Feeling a little cramped? Well just meet our line-up of animals that swarm in their millions, and you’ll soon realise space really isn’t an issue for these mobsters.

The Most Extreme: Swarms hunts out the biggest hordes in the animal kingdom and compares them to the largest of human gatherings. We’re not talking about get-togethers of several hundred, we’re talking millions, and even billions!

From Texan caves containing up to 20 million bats and a 300ft pile of bat guano, to the Christmas Island where each year there’s a stampede of 120 million red crabs, and on to the Mexican mountain ranges where more than 220 million monarch butterflies can arrive after a 3000 mile migration to their wintering grounds, we travel across the globe seeking out the ultimate swarms.

And did you know that to carry out his job on Christmas Eve, Santa and his reindeer would have to visit 667 million children in 1,300 houses per second and travel a total of 111 million miles at a speed of 3.6 million miles per hour? Or that if we were to migrate like monarch butterflies do, we’d have to run around the earth 11 times?

Discover that you should never mess with the mob when swarms are taken to The Most Extreme…

Episodes From This Series

Biters

1 hour / 2002

Smarts

1 hour / 2002

Venom

1 hour / 2003

Birth

1 hour / 2002

Cheats

1 hour / 2002

Predators

1 hour / 2002

Super Senses

1 hour / 2003

Daredevils

1 hour / 2003

Stinkers

1 hour / 2003

Strength

1 hour / 2002

Survivors

1 hour / 2002

Big Mouths

1 hour / 2005

Jumpers

1 hour / 2002

Speed

1 hour / 2002

Swarms

1 hour / 2003

Body Parts

1 hour / 2003

Gluttons

1 hour / 2002

Defenders

1 hour / 2003

Bloodsuckers

1 hour /

Killers

1 hour / 2005

Weird Weapons

1 hour / 2006

Dads

1 hour / 2003

Moms

1 hour / 2003

Fighters

1 hour / 2002

Daredevils

3 minutes / 2006

Earwig

2 Minutes / 2006

Tough Babies

2 Minutes / 2007

Tongue Biters

2 Minutes / 2007

Bloodsuckers

2 Minutes / 2007

Big Mouth

2 Minutes / 2007

Pirate Compensation

2 Minutes / 2007

Lemmings

2 Minutes / 2007

Bodysnatchers

3 Minutes / 2007

A Fly’s Dinner

1 Minutes 30 Seconds / 2007