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Hanging by a thread

Duration: 02:08

The lacewing makes a silk thread to hang her eggs on. This ensures that predatory ants can't reach them.

Available since: Mon 22 Jun 2009

Credits

Key talent
David ATTENBOROUGH
Editor-in-chief
Mike SALISBURY
Producer
Bridget APPLEBY
Camera Operator
Keith BRUST
Camera Operator
Kevin FLAY
Camera Operator
Alastair MACEWEN
Camera Operator
Peter NEARHOS
Camera Operator
Tim SHEPHERD
Camera Operator
Gavin THURSTON

This clip is from

Life in the Undergrowth THE SILK SPINNERS

Insects use silk in an amazing variety of ways. Spiders, though, have taken silk use to extremes.

First broadcast: 07 Dec 2005

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