Saturday/ spider’s web

In summer, I have to watch for spider webs as I walk from my back door to the garage. This one was in the main walkway between the garage and the shrubs six feet away.

The world champ for spinning webs is Darwin’s bark spider, discovered only in 2009 in Madagascar in the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park in 2009.  From Wikipedia : ‘Its silk is the toughest biological material ever studied, over ten times tougher than a similarly-sized piece of Kevlar. The web of Darwin’s bark spider is remarkable in that it is not only the longest spanning web ever observed, but is among the largest orb webs ever seen, at an area of up to 2.8 square metres (30 sq ft). Nephila komaci, discovered in 2009, and some other Nephila species also make webs that can exceed 1 m (3 ft 3 in) across’.

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Check out this large spiral orb web from my backyard.  It’s about one ft in diameter. Spiders also spin tangled webs (cobwebs), funnel webs, tubular webs around trees and sheet webs on the ground.

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