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Published on Mar 30, 2013

A spider web, spiderweb, spider's web, or cobweb is a device created by a spider out of spider silk extruded from its spinnerets.

Spider webs have existed for at least 100 million years, as witnessed in a rare find of Early Cretaceous amber from Sussex, southern England. Insects can get trapped in spider webs, providing nutrition to the spider; however, not all spiders build webs to catch prey, and some do not build webs at all. "Spider web" is typically used to refer to a web that is apparently still in use (i.e. clean), whereas "cobweb" refers to abandoned (i.e. dusty) webs. However, "cobweb" is used to describe the tangled three-dimensional web of some spiders of the Therididae family. Whilst this large family is also known as the tangle-web spiders, cobweb spiders and comb-footed spiders, they actually have a huge range of web architectures.


When it comes to the strongest biological material in the world, nothing comes close to the Spider Web

Spiders make their webs from a silk they create. This silk, according to scientists is five times stronger than Piano Wire.

In Madagascar, there is a spider called Darwin's Bark Spider. This Spider's silk is said to be the strongest in the world - 10 times stronger than the Kevlar used to make bullet proof vests!

The strongest spider web I have ever personally seen was in the Amazon region of Brazil

I was on a hike with some fellow travelers... we had gone to see this amazing cave in the middle of the jungle. It was huge .... It had this amazing waterfall and It was filled with thousands of bats...All the walls and ceilings were covered with them...

It also had more than enough spiders lurking around to creep out anybody... even Chuck Norris

On our way back, my good friend and guide, Wellington Melo, stopped and pointed at a spider web...

You want to see how strong it is?

Just how such small spiders can make a material so strong is a question scientists are racing to figure out. If scientists could reproduce the mechanical properties of spider spun silk in the laboratory, the material could be used to replace Kevlar, carbon fiber, even


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