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The journey of a male house spider to find a mate

The journey of a male house spider to find a mate
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Key Info
  • The journey of a male house spider to find a mate
  • Duration: 05:17
  • The male house spider faces risks of predators, rivals and the dangers of an unfamiliar environment in his quest to mate with a female during the autumn. We are shown the male's web and its journey to the web of the female. The courtship ritual is shown as well as the spiders mating. The film shows the risks encountered by the male including the threat posed by rival males and the risk of the female spider attacking him. First broadcast on ‘Autumnwatch’ on BBC Two in October 2012.
  • Subject:

    Science

       Topic:

    Life Processes

  • Keywords: Spider, house spider, mating, reproduction, courtship, dance, male, female, rival, Springwatch, Autumnwatch, web, environment, predators, danger
Ideas for use in class
  • Stimulus for discussion around the need for all living things to reproduce. Stimulus for discussion about requirements of living things: movement, reproduction, feeding, death
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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