Great Bug Movies/Great Bug Stories

The Fly (1986 Science Fiction)

David Cronenberg re-makes the original with a far-superior and much stronger cast as well as amping up the gruesomeness. Jeff Goldblum and Gena Davis supply the ability to really feel how it could be to transform so fully into a hideous beast.

Ant Bully (2006 Cartoon)

After Lucas Nickle floods an ant colony with his watergun, he’s magically shrunken down to insect size and sentenced to hard labor in the ruins. Starring Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Paul Giamatti.

Vanishing of the Bees (2009 Documentary)

This documentary takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The film examines our current agricultural landscape and celebrates the ancient and sacred connection between man and the honeybee. To empower the audience, the documentary provides viewers with tangible solutions they can apply to their everyday lives. Vanishing of the Bees unfolds as a dramatic tale of science and mystery, illuminating this extraordinary crisis and its greater meaning about the relationship between humankind and Mother Earth. The bees have a message – but will we listen?

Life Undergrowth ( 2005 Documentary)

Take a trip through an amazing universe without even stepping off of the ground as host David Attenborough explores the lives of the planet’s most fascinating insects in a documentary that utilizes advanced technology to prove that in the wondrous world of nature, size is but a matter of perspective. From swarms of desert locusts to living, breathing mountains comprised entirely of cockroaches, these worlds are often a strange combination of the bizarre and sublime.

Spiderman (2002 Action)

Based on Marvel Comics’ superhero character, Peter Parker who is a nerdy high-schooler who was orphaned as a child, is bullied by jocks, and can’t confess his crush for his stunning neighborhood girl Mary Jane Watson. When he is bitten by a genetically modified spider he gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Charlotte’s Web (1952 Fiction) By E.B. White

An affectionate pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. Wilbur is devastated when he learns of the destiny that befalls all those of porcine persuasion. Determined to save her friend, Charlotte spins a web that reads “Some Pig,” convincing the farmer and surrounding community that Wilbur is no ordinary animal and should be saved.

The Secret Life of Bees- (2003 Fiction) By Sue Monk Kidd

Lily Owens’ life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce hearted “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the town’s fiercest racists, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina—a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna who presides over their household.

National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders (2007 Reference) By Arthur Evans

National Wildlife Federation’s new all-photographic field guide to North American insects, spiders, and related species, is the most up-to-date of its kind, and lets both amateur and expert naturalists identify more than 940 species quickly and accurately. The unique waterproof cover makes it ideal for use outdoors.

Gregor the Overlander (2003 Fiction) by Suzanne Collins

Eleven year old Gregor is stuck at home with his poor grandmother and baby sister instead of going to summer camp like every normal kid. When he and his two-year-old sister, Boots (also known as Margaret), fall through a grate in the laundry room of his New York City apartment building. They land in the Underland. Here giant spiders, rats, bats, cockroaches, and many other creatures coexist uneasily with humans.

The Roaches Have No King (2000 Fiction) By Daniel Evan Weiss

Woody Allen meets Kafka in this wlidly original and funny account of a cockroach conspiracy. When Ira’s girlfriend, Ruth moves into his apartment, he has his kitchen renovated to make her feel at home. She is tickled pink, but hundreds of other houseguests aren’t – the cockroaches who’d been living well, before they were boarded in and starved out.

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