Spiders’ webs

  title={Spiders’ webs},
  author={Fritz Vollrath},
  journal={Current Biology},
What is a spider’s web? Webs provide spiders with a means to trap their food and, in some cases, a place to shelter. Webs consist of blends of different silks, cleverly combined for functionality. Take the ‘typical’ orb web of the common garden spider (compare the photo on this page), which has evolved to take out-ofplane loads at optimized deflections. To be able to do so, this web needs to incorporate into one structure the mechanical properties of very different types of silk: the fairly… CONTINUE READING

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