Saturday, 9 August 2008

Amazing properties of spider silk!

I went to measure the weekly rainfall total and didn't notice a spider in the bottom of the tube until I filled the tube with water. The spider (one of the clubiona family) had spun a protective web over it and amazingly this proved to be waterproof and the spider remained dry!

You can see the water sitting on the web in this picture.

There is more information about spider silk here;

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