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Victoria Lakota

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Why don't spiders get caught in their own web?
« on: 07/07/2010 15:30:01 »
Victoria Lakota asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi  I'm Victoria Lakota and I am eight years old.

Why does the spider not get hung up on its own web?        

THANK YOU.

What do you think?
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Why don't spiders get caught in their own web?
« Reply #1 on: 18/07/2010 03:26:39 »
Spiders have a special oil on their legs that stops it from sticking to it's web.
 

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Why don't spiders get caught in their own web?
« Reply #2 on: 19/07/2010 00:29:51 »
They also spin two types of web.. one is sticky and one is the type they use for anchoring and making the frame of the web. The spider knows which one is sticky... if they were to fall they can get stuck in their own web.
 

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Why don't spiders get caught in their own web?
« Reply #3 on: 20/07/2010 00:28:30 »
I have never heard of a spider falling into it's own web before. Not saying i don't belive you though JnA.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 20/07/2010 02:49:15 »
Well, I'm not sure how often it happens (though I suspect it has) though I mentioned it to demonstrate the point that not all the web is sticky and a spider *can* in the right set of circumstances, get caught.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 22/07/2010 01:57:50 »
if i seen that i would just have to shout "IRONY"!
 

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« Reply #6 on: 22/07/2010 22:51:21 »
 hehehe  yeah.. some spiders will capture smaller ones and eat them too. So even if you see a spider 'caught' in a web, it may be prey and not victim of their own making... of course it could also be 'daddy - who didn't get away fast enough' ;)
 

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« Reply #7 on: 26/07/2010 23:33:58 »
Yeah it would really suck to be a male spider huh; Finish your business and next thing you know you're lunch!
 

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