Tuesday, June 24, 2003

a spider's web

Spiders have always fascinated me, but more than the critters themselves, its the webs that fire my imagination. People generally associate spider webs with orb webs (or cart wheel webs) or cobwebs, but there are hundreds of different kinds of webs. Each built with a single aim: catch prey. But building the web is also a tricky affair for the spider and Samuel Zschokke has documented the entire web building process with a video camera and made this gallery. The coloured strands are not webs, but the path the spider took to build the web. He describes the technique he used here but i think this page gives a fairly similar (and a bit technical) version of the the whole process.