How long can a thread of spider web be?

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How long can a thread of spider web be?
« on: 06/11/2010 07:30:03 »
James Noble asked the Naked Scientists:
Hi Chris
Fantastic site and the best radio programme of all time!
Creeping done, so now the question. Ha ha only jesting. It is the greatest show ever.
A work friend - I cant remember how to spell colleague - has requested me to find out.
How far in distance or length can the average spider produce its thread in a straight line before running out?
I must confess I have tried several dedicated spider sites and none could answer this query!
Yours Thankfully


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How long can a thread of spider web be?
« Reply #1 on: 06/11/2010 15:54:04 »
Would you believe 25m? Yes,that's 82 feet.

The Darwin's Bark Spider Caerostris darwini was discovered in Madagascar recently and its orb web has been measured at an astounding 2.8 m2 with anchoring lines of up to 25 metres.
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