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Have you ever wondered how a small spider can make such a large and intricate spider web? Do you know that there are several types of silk and web types? By using your microscopes, you can unravel the mystery of the spider web.

Spider webs have been called a lot of names. People call them spider's web, spiderweb, or cobweb ("coppe", which means "spider"). A spider web is a contrivance constructed by a spider made up of spider silk (that is rich in protein) which came from the spider's spinnerets. Spider webs are not primarily built by spiders to catch their prey. Some spider species do not even build spider webs at all!

A number of spider webs can be found in all parts of the world. Spiders are classified according to the spider webs they weave or spin. Microscopes can help in differentiating various spider species by observing and studying their spider webs.

Spider webs can be of various types. They could be a spiral orb web which is connected primarily with the family Araneidae as well as Tetragnathidae and Uloboridae, tangle-webs or cobwebs are associated with the family Theridiidae, funnel-webs are linked to primitive as well as modern spider species. Tubular webs are spider webs that are usually found running down the base of trees while sheet webs are described as having a tangled web above it.

The type of silk used in making a spider web can belong to several different types, The silk used in constructing a spider web could be "sticky" capture silk, or "fluffy" capture silk. Again, it all depends on the spider spinning the web. The plane direction of the spider webs also differs. They could be in a horizontal plane (sheet webs), a vertical plane (most orb webs), or at any angle in between. You can find some spider webs having irregular, loose tangled sheets above them. This is typical of the spider families making sheet-webs. These tangled sheets serve a dual purpose. It helps confuse and disorient the spider's prey, making them easier to capture, and it protects the spider itself from its natural aerial predators (wasps and birds).

Spider silks have inspired investigation in microstructure applications because some silks of the same width are much stronger compared to strands of steel. industry.

Use your microscopes in discovering something new about silk threads and spider web types. Who knows, you might uncover something new which will push the era into a new technology. Spiderman suits, anyone?

 
 
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