menu-home menu-films menu-people menu-oral-history menu-education menu-events menu-about
Corner Image
WildFilmHistory logo
WildFilmHistory » Home » Films » The Strength and Agility of Insects

The Strength and Agility of Insects  (1911)

Insect jugglers

A highly entertaining and revealing account of insect ability, The Strength and Agility of Insects presented a view of arthropods quite unlike anything ever seen on film before.

Premiering in 1911, the production caused a sensation, detailing our insect friends as they lift tiny dumbbells, twirl matchsticks and juggle objects much heavier than themselves. Sparking a huge press debate, renowned wildlife photographer Percy Smith had to dispel rumours of trickery and cruelty by sharing his innovative filming techniques.

Examining a whole host of these tiny creatures and their relative power and dexterity, The Strength and Agility of Insects is an intriguing insight into the skills of a variety of species.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: British Film Institute (BFI)
Email: Jan.Faull@bfi.org.uk
Website: http://www.bfi.org.uk

Film credits

Photography: Percy Smith
Production Controller: Kineto

Related links

Percy Smith
Clips
Insect jugglers
Insect jugglers
Miniature displays of power and dexterity
Miniature displays of power and dexterit...