Figurative language: goldenwheel spider

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

We are learning how to use and identify figurative language.

Context: golden-wheel spider

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Clip Description

The golden-wheel spider is a member of the huntsman spider family. It is a nocturnal predator that uses speed to catch its prey rather than spinning a web. It can be found in the Namib Desert – a vast coastal desert in southern Africa.

In this fascinating clip, a golden-wheel spider comes face-to-face with a pompilid wasp, who is intent on laying an egg inside the arachnid’s body! Fortunately, the golden-wheel spider has an ingenious escape plan. What do you think this might be? (The clue is in this spider’s name.)

Word Challenge

What words would you use to describe the pompilid wasp as he squares up to the golden-wheel spider?
e.g. opportunistic, threatening, …