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September spiders

Duration: 02:06

A creature definitely associated with September - spiders. There’s a whole colony here of great big orb spiders. The orb is the standard web shape. Bill Oddie watches a spider react to him touching the web. The wonder of silk is that this stuff is so strong. It’s comparatively stronger than steel. If you had a piece of steel as thin as this, it wouldn’t be as strong as this spider’s web. Just imagine how difficult, how complicated this whole web making process must be, because look at these strands going right across there. They can build a web amazingly quickly. You’ll often find spiders’ webs near the stream or the river because there are lots of little insects round here. Every now and again there’ll be a hatch of little insects and wham, they will fly into the webs here.

Available since: Tue 15 Jun 2010


Bill Oddie
Camera Operator
Ian Mccarthy
Camera Operator
Scott Tibbles
Vicky Webb
Hugh Pearson
Executive Producer
Fiona Pitcher

This clip is from

Bill Oddie's How to Watch Wildlife Series 2, A Dorset River

Bill Oddie explores Dorset's River Frome and heads downstream to Poole harbour.

First broadcast: 28 Feb 2006

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