Spiders are masters at web surfing, and their webs are attractive in the morning dew. They spin intricate networks in places were some unsuspecting insect may become trapped into joining the spider at its next meal.  Webs are made from a sticky silk protein spun and woven through the spider's leg where they carefully create the delicate design.  Other webs are spun in different shapes, including sheet webs and funnel webs hidden in vegetation where insect prey love to feed. The strength of a spider's silk thread is greater than steel and has better elasticity -- an important quality we could use in manufacturing.  If we could just learn its secret.

Sheet and funnel webs

AuthorRich Monroe