Monster Bug Wars

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Monster Bug Wars
Monster Bug Wars poster.jpg
Genre Documentary
Narrated by
  • Henry Stozier
  • Paul Willis (Australia)
Country of origin
  • Australia
  • United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 12 (+2) (list of episodes)
Running time
  • 44 minutes
  • 48 minutes (Australia)
Original network Science Channel
Original release March 29, 2011 (2011-03-29) – February 28, 2012 (2012-02-28)
External links

Monster Bug Wars is a nature documentary program, created and distributed by Beyond Television Productions,[1] and televised on the Science Channel in the United States, and SBS in Australia. The monster movie format features two kinds of insects, arachnids, myriapods, and other invertebrates in gladiator style combat in a simulated natural environment. In addition, entomologists educate the viewer about the strengths and weaknesses of the dueling bugs.

Opening narration "In nature's fight pit, a host of ruthless bugs as bizarre as they are lethal slug it out in real-life battles to the death. Witness epic encounters between swarms of marauding assassins, and vicious one-on-one clashes where only one bug survives. The world of monster bugs is a jungle, where there's just one law: eat or be eaten."


The program highlights The Law of the Jungle involving two types of bugs, usually but not always, both carnivorous. Both bugs are shown fighting to the death with the victor devouring the victim in graphic detail. The program is noted for its use of dramatic theme music and unusual sound editing. For example, during combat, the sounds of growling, screaming, war cries, and shrieks of agony, to name but a few, are heard. In addition, other military and ringside sound effects such as bells, bugles, whistles and alarms are also heard. Of course, none of these sounds are natural and are only added to enhance the life and death drama. However, some viewers have stated these sound effects are silly and do nothing but make a good documentary program into something rather comical.[2] It has been noted that season two has much less sound effects than season one. Further more, the show's confrontation isn't really a real naturally occurring event, as the fight is actually being staged and done in a studio, which raise critics by some audiences.[citation needed] Between shots of the "bug smackdown", the two entomologist hosts of the program narrate the action. Dr. Linda Rayor of Cornell University, and Associate Professor, Dr. Bryan Grieg Fry of University of Queensland describe the bug's lethal abilities that have evolved to give it an advantage over its prey. The entomologists often try to predict the winner of the two warring bugs.[3] [4] The program is narrated by Henry Strozier.

In Australia, the program began airing on SBS on November 14, 2012. It features re-voiced narration by Dr. Paul Willis of RIAUS, as well as a longer running time due to additional narrated footage.[5] Eden began airing the series on February 29, 2016 in the United Kingdom.


The series premiered in 2009. The first season started in 2011 and had a run of six episodes. The series was renewed for 2012 with another six episodes produced.


Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Pilot October 7, 2009 (2009-10-07)
1 6 March 29, 2011 (2011-03-29) May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03)
2 6 January 24, 2012 (2012-01-24) February 28, 2012 (2012-02-28)
Special July 2012 (2012-07)

In the following episode listings, winners are in bold.

Pilot (2009)[edit]

Title Original air date
1 "Pilot" October 7, 2009 (2009-10-07)


  1. Raspy cricket vs. Centipede
  2. Argiope spider vs. Portia spider
  3. Desert scorpion vs. Wolf spider
  4. Redback Spider vs. Huntsman spider
  5. Tiger beetle vs. Raspy cricket
  6. Giant rainforest mantis vs. Spiky katydid
  7. Bull ant vs. Meat ant

Season 1 (2011)[edit]

No. in
Title Original air date
2 1 "Death at Midnight" March 29, 2011 (2011-03-29)


  1. Giant rainforest mantis vs. Spiny leaf insect
  2. Bull ant vs. Redback spider
  3. Water spider vs. Water strider
  4. White-tailed spider vs. Black house spider
  5. Sydney funnel-web spider vs. Garden wolf spider
3 2 "Enemy Empire" April 5, 2011 (2011-04-05)


  1. Tree scorpion vs. Green ant
  2. Cellar spider vs. White-tailed spider
  3. Trap-jaw ant vs. Antlion
  4. Brown house spider vs. Redback spider
  5. Desert centipede vs. Desert trapdoor spider
4 3 "Quick and the Deadly" April 12, 2011 (2011-04-12)


  1. Ogre-faced spider vs. Assassin bug
  2. Bulldog raspy cricket vs. Whistling tarantula
  3. House centipede vs. Swift tree mantis
  4. Marbled scorpion vs. Trap-jaw ant
  5. Metallic green jumping spider vs. Spitting spider
5 4 "Shape-Shifters" April 19, 2011 (2011-04-19)


  1. Lichen huntsman spider vs. Grey tree runner mantis
  2. Tent spider vs. Destructive katydid
  3. Rhinoceros beetle vs. Meat ant
  4. Green jumping spider vs. Long-jawed jumping spider
  5. Giant banded huntsman spider vs. Jungle huntsman spider
6 5 "When Tribes Go To War" April 26, 2011 (2011-04-26)


  1. Green ant vs. Paper wasp
  2. Portia spider vs. Long-jawed orb weaver
  3. Balloon-winged katydid vs. Tree centipede
  4. Badge huntsman spider vs. Spider hunting scorpion
  5. Tiger leech vs. Freshwater crab
7 6 "Rainforest Rampage" May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03)


  1. Jumping jack ant vs. Green-bellied huntsman spider
  2. Green praying mantis vs. Predatory katydid
  3. Spiny tree cricket vs. Golden orb-weaver
  4. Desert centipede vs. Desert scorpion
  5. Bee-killer assassin bug vs. Earwig

Season 2 (2012)[edit]

No. in
Title Original air date
8 1 "Deadly Duels" January 24, 2012 (2012-01-24)


  1. Jungle tiger beetle vs. Moss mantis
  2. Horned katydid vs. Owl butterfly (caterpillar)
  3. Ogre-faced spider vs. Army ant (Soldier)
  4. Red-thighed wandering spider vs. Black-tailed Scorpion
  5. Longicorn beetle vs. Flame bellied orb-weaver
9 2 "Blood on the Forest Floor" January 31, 2012 (2012-01-31)


  1. Hooded mantis vs. Brazilian wandering spider
  2. Rainforest land crab vs. Army ant
  3. Harvestman vs. Velvetworm
  4. Black jungle stalker vs. Black faced katydid
  5. Amblypygid vs. Red forest scorpion
10 3 "Ultra Violence" February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07)


  1. Giant cockroach vs. Mexican red-rump tarantula
  2. Stripe-tailed centipede vs. Vinegaroon
  3. Banana spider vs. Orange horned katydid
  4. Golden carpenter ant vs. Flag-tailed assassin bug
  5. Slender necked mantis vs. Bronzed huntsman spider
11 4 "Mother of All Wars" February 14, 2012 (2012-02-14)


  1. Black-tailed scorpion (baby) vs. Pirate spider
  2. Rufus comb-footed spider vs. Spitting spider
  3. Lichen bark mantis vs. Rock spider
  4. Bug-eyed katydid vs. Candy-cane katydid
  5. Tiger assassin bug vs. Silverback cross spider
12 5 "Murderous Intent" February 21, 2012 (2012-02-21)


  1. Speckled house spider vs. Leafcutter ant (soldier)
  2. Geophilid centipede vs. Costa Rican callar spider
  3. Tiger jumping spider vs. Yellow jumping spider
  4. Orange-mouthed tarantula vs. Red Mouth Conehead katydid
  5. Dinosaur ant vs. Trap-jaw ant
13 6 "Super Slayers" February 28, 2012 (2012-02-28)


  1. Leaf-tailed mantis vs. Sunburst raspy cricket
  2. Spiny orb-weaver vs. Crab spider
  3. Water bug vs. Mudeye
  4. Domino beetle vs. Crimson-legged assassin bug
  5. Mangrove tree crab vs. Leopard spider

Special (2012)[edit]

Monster Bug Wars Top 10 is a second season compilation episode released in July 2012. This episode included 10 already released bug fights that have been shortened. The following battles are listed below:[6]

Title Original air date
14 "Monster Bug Wars Top 10" July 2012 (2012-07)


10. – Slender necked mantis vs. Bronzed huntsman spider
9. – Tiger beetle vs. Raspy cricket
8. – Green ant vs. Paper wasp
7. – Tiger leeches vs.Freshwater crab
6. – Trap-jaw ant vs. Antlion
5. – Assassin bug vs. Ogre-faced spider
4. – Desert centipede vs. Desert trapdoor spider
3. – Giant rainforest mantis vs. Spiny leaf insect
2. – Green jumping spider vs. Long-jawed jumping spider
1. – Tree scorpion vs. Green ant


  1. ^ "Corporate Information". Beyond. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  2. ^[dead link]
  3. ^ "Monster Bug Wars | Discovery Science". December 10, 2013. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Monster Bug Wars : Programs : Science Channel : Discovery Press Web". Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ "On Telly - Royal Institution of AustraliaRiAus - Australia’s Science Channel | Bringing science to people and people to science". Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Local listings, news, recaps, photos, clips and more – MSN TV". February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 

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