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Why Don't Spiders Stick to Their Webs?

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When a spider makes an orb web, each line is actually comprised of at least two or more threads, and in fact, the supporting threads, radiating spokes and hub are all made from silk that is not sticky.

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Sources:

http://www.conservationinstitute.org/10-of-the-worlds-largest-spiders/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1314864/Worlds-biggest-spider-web-stretches-80-feet-river.html
http://www.askabiologist.org.uk/answers/viewtopic.php?id=3890
http://texasento.net/Social_Spider.htm
http://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/invertebrates/facts/factsheets/goliathbirdeatingtarantula.cfm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2569883/Man-dies-rare-SPIDER-BITE-fatality-clung-life-six-months.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2017600/Man-dies-weeks-bitten-19-times-black-widow-spider.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2017600/Man-dies-weeks-bitten-19-times-black-widow-spider.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portia_(genus)
http://www.stri.si.edu/sites/publications/PDFs/2012_driptip_Naturwiss.pdf
http://www.explorit.org/science/spider.html
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/spiders-teamed-up-to-create-giant-web-scientists-say-1.637889
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/spiders/
http://www.npr.org/2012/03/30/149698702/why-dont-spiders-get-stuck-in-their-webs
http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/art97b/benspid.html

Image Credit:

https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-191413324/stock-photo-spider-wraps-in-the-web-caught-flies%2C-green-line
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-3450203/stock-photo-%D0%9F%D0%B0%D1%83%D1%82%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B0-2
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-206710225/stock-photo-spider-s-web-close-up-in-the-park-in-nature
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-207070600/stock-photo-the-spider-sits-on-a-web-on-the-hunt
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-201347359/stock-photo-macro-image-of-a-hermit-spider-from-borneo
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-146636765/stock-photo-spider-on-cobweb-with-water-droplets-close-up

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Date: February 16, 2020

38 thoughts on “Why Don't Spiders Stick to Their Webs?

  1. I literally irrationally jumped up on my bed when I saw the Bonus facts spider. I do not remember the name due to terror and do not wish to go back and find out. I think my day has been ruined, and I live in an extremely cold place and am completely safe from spiders but will assume they will be crawling out from every little space I acknowledge today.

  2. Glad I stuck around after the video ended. Any channel Simon hosts has turned out to be amazing and how I generally start my day (I wake up an hour earlier than I need to just to get in a binge of knowledge.) Thank you and keep up the awesome work!

  3. The facts about that last spider brought to mind the film Arachnophobia, where at the start they are in the forests and walk in to big webs… But 80ft long! Jesus!… Imagine seeing that web before you knew what spider had created it, seriously, change of pants time there I reckon!…

  4. As soon as I started the vid I paused to jump to Google to search if spiders can stick to a web that isn’t theirs. I should have known better (that y’all would address this, V8 headsmack)!
    Is it weird that I love tarantulas but am pretty phobic about small spiders? I think the tarantulas remind me of mice (which I adore, though the bird eating one makes me think of rats, which I also adore) while the little ones are ‘bugs’ [shiver] in my mind.

  5. LOL WTF!!!! i watched the end of the Video, decided to pack a bowl and didnt stop the Video. I was just concentrated in grinding up my weed when suddenly, I hear "Yea you are still here….." i was like WTF is going on now?!?!? new youtube featured WTF?!?!?! looked up and realized its still part of the Video!!! lol dont scare me like that!!!!

  6. It's not a question, but a very interesting project in development that I think you'd ebjoy. It's called BioSteel. The company has genetically modified goats to produce the proteins that make up Ord Weaver spider dragline silk (one of the strongest spider silks in the world) in their milk, which can be separated out and make into larger qualities of silk threads that if they were produced my single spiders. These threads are extremely strong and light and can theoreically be used to make anything from lighter weight bulletproof vests to replacement tendons and ligaments. Very cool

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