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Enjoy this internet classic: Spider attack. A spider runs circles around its prey, an ant, to tie it up in webbing. Fascinating… and then surprising.
Mother Goose Stories was made in 1946 by pioneering stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen. Distributed to schools, it includes Little Miss Muffet, Old Mother Hubbard, The Queen of Hearts, and Humpty Dumpty.
He used armatured models. The ball and socket armatures were made by his father although based on Ray’s designs, and were clothed in tiny costumes made by his mother. Each had a series of replacement heads, with extreme expressions and he would dissolve from one head to another to simulate reactions.
Harryhausen is best known for his work on Mighty Joe Young, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, and Jason and the Argonauts, but he created a number of children’s stories early in his career. Harryhausen’s The Story of King Midas was not approved by the entire TKSST editorial team, but if your kids don’t mind mysterious, scowling, lesson-providing beings that appear and disappear into thin air, you should definitely watch that, too.
There are more stop-motion videos in the archives.
This phenomenal little clip is from Kalahari, the first episode of BBC’s Africa series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. A golden wheel spider evades the attack of a pompilid wasp… I will leave you to watch how in the clip, but I will say this: up to 44 turns per second.
All six episodes are available in HD on Amazon Instant Video.
Entomologist Dr. Jürgen Otto films the Peacock Spiders of Australia, and they are super fun to watch. Though they are not well documented, there are 20 known species of these small jumping spiders. They have huge eyes, grow to about 5mm, and the males have colorful iridescent flaps that they use to attract females.
via Bug Girl’s Blog.