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Videos of the interaction between figs and fig wasps

(Life; Embryophyta (plants); Angiospermae (flowering plants); Eudicotyledons; Order: Rosales; Family: Moraceae; Genus: Ficus)

Interaction of figs and fig wasps

A World within a Fig

The second episode of the BBC TV natural history series Perfect Planet included a short segment covering interactions between some Asian fig wasps and their host figs. Sarah Walsh was the researcher for the project and kindly arranged with Silverback Films that unused footage could be made available for educational purposes. Dominique Vassie, a Masters student at the University of Leeds has sorted through and re-arranged the footage and added a sound track to produce the extended version available here.

You are free to view, copy and use the video material for educational and other non-commercial purposes, but please acknowledge Dominique Vassie and Silverback Films wherever this would be appropriate.

Steve Compton, April 2022.


Written & edited by Dominique Vassie
Music by Conor Emerson
Scientific Advisor: Stephen G. Compton
Animation by Dominique Vassie
Footage by Silverback Films

With thanks to the Thailand filming team:
Dr Wattana Tanming
Nick Shoolingin-Jordan
Alastair MacEwen
Sarah-Jane Walsh

And with thanks to the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden and the University of Leeds

Sounds from BBC Sound Effects
Film footage © Silverback Films

This film was produced as part of an MSc thesis for the University of Leeds:
Vassie, D.K. 2021. The use of documentary film footage to understand the behaviour of fig wasps. MSc thesis, University of Leeds.

This film was produced for educational purposes only.

The Queen of Trees

Ecology of the sycomore fig tree (Ficus sycomorus) and pollinating fig wasps.

Pollination ecology in tropical figs - a case of Mutualism: a 26' film

Author: Georges MICHALOUD, Cameraman: Alain DEVEZ, Produced by: Service du Film de Recherche Scientifique, (SFRS) 92170 VANV

The fig - fig wasp mutualism is analysed and some of the divergent features of the relationship between two African fig species (Ficus natalensis leprieuri and F. ottoniifolia) and their pollinating wasps (respectively: Alfonsiella natalensis, later identified as Alfonsiella fimbriata) and Agaon camerunensis and Agaon gabonensis (later identified as belonging to genus Courtella) are compared through ecological, ethological, morphological and evolutionary aspects.

This film has obtained two international awards; has been shown on three different TV channels, and presented at universities in 33 countries.

Female fig wasps (Agaonidae) leaving syconia of Ficus cf. luschnathiana (Moraceae). This video was filmed on June 11th 2010, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Music: fragments of Heitor Villa Lobos's "A floresta amazônica".

How the fig tree strangles other plants for survival in the rainforest - David Attenborough - BBC wildlife.

Strangler fig trees grow around other trees until they're totally enclosed and die. A BBC production.

Web authors Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)

and Jean-Yves Rasplus (INRA, France)


Citation: van Noort, S. & Rasplus, JY. 2024. Figweb: figs and fig wasps of the world. URL: www.figweb.org(Accessed on <day-month-year>).

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