A Typical garden spider

United States, 1955

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Presents a study of the life cycle of the cross spider showing how the spider builds its web, how it traps food in the web, how the female protects her eggs, and how the young spiders hatch and emerge from cocoons. Includes scenes of a spider trapping a fly in the web, stinging it to paralyse it, and encasing it in a cocoon of silk.


production company

Plymouth Productions

Brandon Films



Production places
United States
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Subject categories

Animals & Wildlife → Animal behavior

Animals & Wildlife → Arachnida

Animals & Wildlife → Nature study

Animals & Wildlife → Predatory animals

Animals & Wildlife → Spiders

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Life cycles (Biology)

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Natural history

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Life cycles (Biology)

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States




Black and White


16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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