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Spider Web Construction: Slow Motion vs Normal Speed 

This is a slow motion and normal speed close-up movie of a common garden spider building a web. I thought the web-building process was amazing before I grabbed my camera--but even more so after I slowed down the footage to 10% of normal speed! So fast and efficient is this spider as it extracts silk from its abdomen, shifts its grip on the silk fibers from claw to claw, measures distances, and creates just the right amount of tension to keep the web taut. And the third leg from the front on the spider's left side appears to be missing it's foot! Of great interest to me was how the spider attached the silk fiber at each junction.

After a little research on "How Things Work" at I learned that spiders make both sticky and non-sticky silk fibers when constructing a web. The non-sticky silk fibers are the radial fibers going from the c

Added: Jun-23-2014 Occurred On: Oct-16-2011
By: Michael Bukay
Science and Technology, Nature
Tags: spider, web, slow motion, close-up,
Location: United States (load item map)
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