If you are afraid of spiders, then the orb-web spiders will probably fill you with wild horror too. These amazing spiders can grow up to 13 centimeters, and their trap webs can reach up to 1 meter (enough to even catch a snake, bird or bat.
As you may have guessed, the name of the orb-weaving spiders was due to the special technique of weaving the web. In sunlight, the web sparkles like gold and attracts bees, while in the shade it merges with the foliage and becomes almost invisible. This is not all the subtleties of this unique pyramid: silk threads contain a chemical compound called pyrrolidine alkaloid, which repels ants well. Smart, right?
All spiders can weave a strong web. Spider web has been proven to be 5 times stronger than steel and more resilient than nylon. What’s more, it is waterproof and can be stretched easily. A very unusual natural material.
It is not surprising that scientists are determined to find a way to create artificial silk. They are not the only ones fascinated by this amazing material. Textile designers Simon Peers and entrepreneur Nicholas Godley traveled to the island of Madagascar to try and make fabric out of orb-web silk.
The orb-web spider is often found in Australia, Asia, North and South America and Africa, mainly in warm climates. The spider is not dangerous. Even if he bites you, you will not be seriously hurt, since his poison is not fatal.
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