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Spider Silk: Evolution and 400 Million Years of Spinning, Waiting, Snagging, and Mating by Leslie Brunetta. $14.17

Spider Silk: Evolution and 400 Million Years of Spinning, Waiting, Snagging, and Mating

Morality Tales: Law and Gender in the Ottoman Court of Aintab by Leslie Peirce. $31.96. Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (May 31, 2003). 492 pages

Morality Tales: Law and Gender in the Ottoman Court of Aintab by Leslie Peirce. $31.96. Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (May 31, 2003). 492 pages

Nephila Clavipes    banana spider

As big as your palm, with a super strong web usually at face level. These banana spiders live in northern Florida and Texas. Very strong webs.

How to Prepare Silk Caps for Spinning

Step by step instructions for prepariing silk caps for hand spinning.

Eri silk spinning [image credit: KLJcreative.com]

Eri silk spinning [image credit: KLJcreative.com]

Hiding in Plain Sight by Alex Wild, scientficamerican: Assassin bugs from Australia (Stenolemus bituberus) kill spiders using aggressive mimicry by entering their webs and plucking the silk to producie vibrations that lure the spider by mimicking the vibrations made by trapped insect prey. http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/278/1710/1427  #Asassin_Bug

Hiding in Plain Sight by Alex Wild, scientficamerican: Assassin bugs from…

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Shape, Top, The Spider, Spiders, Spinning, Nests

Caddis fly larvae protect their developing bodies by building themselves sheaths of silk and incorporating substances found in their habitats. Artist Hubert Duprate placed a group of Caddis fly larvae into a tank with gold and other precious substances for the larvae to spin into their sheaths.

Caddis fly larvae protect their developing bodies by building themselves sheaths of silk and incorporating substances found in their habitats. Artist Hubert Duprate placed a group of Caddis fly larvae.

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