Spider capture silk: performance implications of variation in an exceptional biomaterial.

  title={Spider capture silk: performance implications of variation in an exceptional biomaterial.},
  author={Brook O. Swanson and Todd A. Blackledge and Cheryl Y. Hayashi},
  journal={Journal of experimental zoology. Part A, Ecological genetics and physiology},
  volume={307 11},
Spiders and their silk are an excellent system for connecting the properties of biological materials to organismal ecology. Orb-weaving spiders spin sticky capture threads that are moderately strong but exceptionally extensible, resulting in fibers that can absorb remarkable amounts of energy. These tough fibers are thought to be adapted for arresting flying insects. Using tensile testing, we ask whether patterns can be discerned in the evolution of silk material properties and the ecological… 

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