July 4, 2013

Falling Insects Electrostatically Deform Web

High-speed video shows how charged insects (a bee, a fly and an aphid) falling toward a spider web deform the silk by electrostatic attraction before they make contact. The final frames shows how a silk thread rapidly deforms to stick to a charged water droplet.

Credit: By Victor Manuel Ortega-Jimenez, UC Berkeley.

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