Why Spiders Don't get Stuck in their own Webs

Biodiversity

Gry Støvind Hoell, gry@hoell.no | 22/04/12 | Oslo

How can it be that flies, grasshoppers and butterflies get caught in a spider's web, while the spider itself does not? This is a question that scientists have speculated about for a long time. Two scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and The University of Costa Rica has finally managed to figure out the spider's secret. By studying spiders in the laboratory, in nature and under a microscope, they found that it all lies in the legs. How they solve the problem and much more about the special Spider Customization, you can see in this video.
http://videnskab.dk/miljo-naturvidenskab/derfor-haenger-edderkoppen-ikke-fast-i-sit-spind

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