Early Cretaceous Spider Web with Its Prey

  title={Early Cretaceous Spider Web with Its Prey},
  author={Enrique Pe{\~n}alver and David A. Grimaldi and Xavier Delcl{\`o}s},
  pages={1761 - 1761}
Araneoid spiders are renowned for their efficient capture of flying insects with intricate aerial webs. Origins of this web structure are obscure, however, because they rarely fossilize. Reported here is an exceptional situation of insects trapped in part of a gummy aerial web preserved in a runnel of amber from Spain that is ~110 million years old (Early Cretaceous). This is the oldest direct evidence of a spider web made by Araneoidea and of its use for predation. Thus, the interception of… 
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