Amazing garden spider which weaves electrically charged silk nano-strands

January 29, 2015 6:24 PM

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The amazing web weaving technique of a spider called Uloborus plumipes could put Spiderman to shame! This garden spider found commonly in Great Britain weaves its webs using threads which are only a few nanometers thick. Not only are the webs of this feather-legged lave weaver remarkably thin, they also possess an electric charge.

Scientists at Oxford University in England used microscopic video technology to study how the aforementioned spider weaves such fine webs. When the threads of most spiders’ webs have been found to be a few micrometers thick, those of this spider are many times thinner.

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