Clips from Australian Screen
Presenter Densey Clyne goes looking for a trapdoor spider in the bush. We see the spider’s unique ‘door’. Trapdoor spiders can sense vibrations from passing insects. We see in close-up the spider leap out to capture a passing beetle and drag it back into its nest.
The clip shows examples of Atrax robustus, the Sydney funnel-web spider, frequently cited as the ‘world’s deadliest spider’. The funnel-web spider has a fearsome reputation and consists of at least 40 species, all of which are found in eastern Australia
The clip provides some indication of the moist, shady habitat around Sydney that the funnel-web spider prefers.
This clip shows a red-back spider capturing its prey in a suburban back garden. The opening scenes show close-ups of the female spider, her egg sac and sticky web. An ant becomes caught in the web trap, and is then retrieved and spun into a cocoon of threads by the spider.
Spider fact sheets from the Australian Museum online
Lesson ideas from the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, USA.
Label the External Spider Anatomy Diagram