So light and delicate they can often only be seen picked out in sunlight and dew, spiderwebs have the tensile strength of steel. There are more than 45,000 species of spider, spinning webs of all shapes and sizes.
A spiderweb picked out in the morning sunlight and dew highlights nature’s incredible ingenuity. A deathtrap to insects, it’s nonetheless a thing of beauty to the human eye. The spider’s engineering prowess is inspiring too. Spider silk has incredible properties of strength and elasticity, and synthetic versions are being developed with technological applications from car parts to bullet-proof vests.
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