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June 12, 2017

While most spiders that spin webs line their silken threads with droplets of glue to help snag insects, one group of spiders, the cribellate spiders weave different webs.

This spider’s webs are surrounded by clouds of even more silk, each thread a hundred times thinner than regular spider silk.

These fibres are completely dry and yet they are still sticky enough to nab insects. In fact insects that happen to stumble into the webs, don’t ever make it out.

With this species when an insect touches the strands, it gets sucked into the woolly nanofibers and tangled in the threads.

The victim insect literally becomes part of the web, inadvertently strengthening the web, the very instrument of its capture.

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