Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Uses of spider silk

Just added a chunk of text to the main spider page on the many uses of spider silk - it's not just for webs.

  • webs to catch prey

  • wrapping to keep prey until it is required

  • retreats on or near the web

  • lining of burrows

  • sacs to protect eggs

  • safety drag-line when moving around

  • parachute to balloon and aid dispersal of young or small spiders

  • small sheet of silk made by males to deposit a droplet of sperm before it is taken up in the palp

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