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2011-05-31 09:01:09

Decorative white silk crosses are an ingenious tactic used by orb-weaving spiders to protect their webs from damage, a new study from the University of Melbourne has revealed. The team, led by Dr Andre Walter and Professor Mark Elgar from the University of Melbourne's Department of Zoology, found that orb-weaving spiders respond to severe damage to their webs by building bigger silk crosses, but if the damage is mild they don't bother adding extra decoration. Professor Mark Elgar said web...

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2010-12-06 06:35:00

Studying spider silk, NSF-supported researchers learn about the properties of this sticky material, and their findings could lead to new bio-adhesives and glues that work under water Ali Dhinojwala and Vasav Sahni consider themselves materials scientists, not biologists. They study surfaces, friction and adhesion. Nevertheless, they have discovered that understanding how nature makes things stick sometimes means getting up close and personal with the creatures responsible. When they...

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2010-02-04 07:33:38

A spider may be the reason fog-catching nets, which provide precious water in rain-starved parts of the world, may be ready for a high-tech upgrade. Chinese scientists reported their research in the journal Nature on why spider's silk is not only famous for strength but also terrific for collecting water from the air, sparing the creature the hunt for a drink. The secret lies in the silk's tail-shaped protein fibers that change structure in response to water. The tiny section of thread...

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2009-12-23 07:29:13

With would-be goblins and ghosts set to drape those huge fake spider webs over doorways and trees for Halloween, scientists in Wyoming are reporting on a long-standing mystery about real spider webs: It is the secret of spider web glue. The findings are an advance toward a new generation of biobased adhesives and glues "” "green" glues that replace existing petroleum-based products for a range of uses. A report on the study was published in ACS' Biomacromolecules, a monthly journal....

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2009-11-02 05:35:00

Scientists have confirmed that spider webs discovered in Britain are the oldest on record, dating back 140 million years to the Cretaceous period. The webs, which were enclosed in amber, were discovered on a beach in East Sussex by fossil hunter Jamie Hiscocks and his brother Jonathan. Professor Martin Brasier, a paleobiologist at the Oxford University, said the fossils were the earliest spider webs ever to be entered into the fossil record. "This amber is very rare. It comes from the very...

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2009-10-21 10:45:57

With would-be goblins and ghosts set to drape those huge fake spider webs over doorways and trees for Halloween, scientists in Wyoming are reporting on a long-standing mystery about real spider webs: It is the secret of spider web glue. The findings are an advance toward a new generation of biobased adhesives and glues "” "green" glues that replace existing petroleum-based products for a range of uses. A report on the study is in the October issue of ACS' Biomacromolecules, a monthly...

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2008-12-15 14:55:00

An Oxford University researcher reported Monday the discovery of the world's oldest spider web.  An amateur fossil-hunter searching the beaches of England's south coast discovered the web's tiny twisted threads encased in an ancient piece of amber, or fossilized tree resin, nearly two years ago. Paleobiologist Martin Brasier said the 140-million-year-old web is proof that arachnids have been around since the time of the dinosaur. He noted that the threads were linked to each other in the...

2007-11-25 09:00:13

Q . I believe I am having a spider mite invasion. Plants and trees affected have spider webs throughout them. Leaves are brown on the ends and dying fast. I have seen little tiny spiders on some. On my flowering dogwoods, planted this year, I found a small green worm. As an amateur gardener, I am becoming increasingly frustrated and disillusioned. - Sharon, Chesapeake A. Spider mites hate high humidity and rainfall, and we've had both this fall. Your letter was dated in late August so...

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2007-08-30 09:15:00

WILLS POINT, Texas - Entomologists are debating the origin and rarity of a sprawling spider web that blankets several trees, shrubs and the ground along a 200-yard stretch of trail in a North Texas park. Officials at Lake Tawakoni State Park say the massive mosquito trap is a big attraction for some visitors, while others won't go anywhere near it. "At first, it was so white it looked like fairyland," said Donna Garde, superintendent of the park about 45 miles east of Dallas. "Now it's...

2006-06-22 11:30:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A tiny piece of spider web, frozen in a drip of tree sap 110 million years ago, shows spiders that wove perfect orb webs evolved much earlier than had been believed, scientists reported on Thursday. A second study looking at spider genetics suggests that web-weaving arachnids evolved as long as 136 million years ago, in the Cretaceous period, when dinosaurs roamed and mammals were small, scurrying things. Both studies,...


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2009-05-02 19:29:15

The Golden Silk Spider (Nephila clavipes) is a species of orbweaver spider. It is found in the warmer regions of the Americas. In the United States, this species ranges throughout the coastal southeast and inland, from North Carolina to Texas. In many areas its distribution is somewhat localized and may be absent in many areas over wide areas. In some arboreal or swampy areas, adults and their webs can be found in large concentrations, especially near the coast. This species is also...

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2009-05-02 18:59:11

The Autumn Spider (Metellina segmentata) is a species of spider that has a Palearctic distribution and has been introduced to Canada. Adults are normally found from August to October. The preferred habitat is open wood edges or gardens. This is one of the most common orb-weaving spiders. The web of this spider has no threads at its center. Most webs are built low above the ground. The spider sits at the center during the day for long periods of time. Sometimes it will hide at the edge and...

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2009-05-02 15:42:54

The Black House Spider (Badumna insignis) is a species of arachnid that is found in Australia. It is found throughout much of Australia and prefers urban habitat mostly. They build their webs on tree trunks, logs, rock walls, and buildings (walls crevices and window frames). In the bush, this species prefers trees with rough bark which provide good shelter. Trees that have been attacked by wood-boring insects are also make good homes for this species, as the sap flowing from the bored holes...

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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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