'The Web'

The Web

[Public Domain] 14 May 2005 Dylan O'Donnell
CATEGORY : Manmade
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A spiders silk is made using proteins converted via special glands. There are different types of glands for different functions and types of web, and a single spider may have many glands in order to produce multi-threaded webs using combinations of sticky and non-sticky silk. While most spider webs are for catching insects, some have been known for catching vertebrates. This web however was close to the same location where I found several spider orchids whose evolution has formed a close relationship with spiders to ensure pollination.

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