Fungi, unlike plants, thrive in the darkness of the forest floor. They’re hidden, until they begin to develop the incredible structures with which they reproduce. Each releases millions of microscopic spores that drift invisibly away…
And so begins this clip from Jungles, episode 3 of the BBC’s Planet Earth II nature series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Watch as fungi of all shapes, sizes, and colors grow and glow in these incredible time lapse bits. We also get to watch how an unassuming click beetle assists these glowing fungi.
Unfortunately, the clip gets cut off — the series has yet to air anywhere other than British television — but we’re looking forward to watching all six episodes stateside starting from January 28, 2017.Next: Umwelt – Time lapse flowers mix with real time insects, New Zealand’s Waitomo Glowworm Caves in 4K, more fungi, and more bioluminescence. Plus: What’s the fastest accelerator on the planet?