There’s nothing more irritating than running face-first into a spiderweb while walking to your blind in the pre-dawn darkness. Now imagine running into this one…
From this story on Wired.com:
_A spider discovered deep in the jungles of Madagascar spins the largest webs in the world, using silk that’s tougher than any known biological substance.
__Named Caerostris darwini, or Darwin’s bark spider, the inch-wide arachnid’s webs can cover 30-square-foot areas, hanging in midair from 80-foot-long anchor lines. The webs’ size generates enormous structural stresses, magnified by the struggles of trapped prey. Strands must “absorb massive kinetic energy before breaking,” and are “10 times better than Kevlar,” wrote University of Puerto Rico zoologist Igni Agnarsson in Public Library of Science One._
Think this guy will be showing up in a Dreamworks flick with a celebrity voice?