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Got Silk
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Got Silk
Got Silk

Southern Black Widow Spider
Latrodectus mactans

The black widow spider is famous for its interesting mating habits. But itís silk, especially whatís called dragline silk, is pretty special too. Dragline silk is one of seven kinds of silk that an individual spider produces. Itís the silk that provides the structural foundation of the spiderís web and supports the spiderís body as it moves around. It turns out that black widow dragline spider silk is super strong and stretchy compared to most other silks. Which makes it an attractive item for humans to try to copy or modify for use in lightweight but strong clothing or even body armor. (Scientific American, June 13, 2007)

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Jack Gaskin
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    Spider Man ;o) Seriously another GREAT CAPTURE of the Young Lady and her Lair .
Had no Idea about the variety of silks .

This does remind me of a shot from the Last of The Movie Trilogy , "Lord of The Rings" .

Jack

12/13/2012 5:59:03 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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Brilliant capture. This CANNOT be going on inside the terrarium, can it?

12/13/2012 6:20:56 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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Fabulous details and capture, Jim. Great info.

12/13/2012 9:18:49 AM

 
Tammy Espino
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I see way too many of these girls around my home!! Great capture (Stommmmp) :)

12/13/2012 9:35:43 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Terrific capture and wonderful details!!

12/13/2012 1:53:32 PM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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Very cool!

12/16/2012 5:28:42 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats on your silver win :) Bugs....

1/23/2013 8:04:58 PM

 
Jack Gaskin
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CONGRATS JIMMY BOY...WELL DESERVED....

So when you coming to Florida ????

Jack

1/23/2013 8:25:19 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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wonderful finalist, congratulations!!!

1/24/2013 12:43:36 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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Congrats on an awesome finalist, Jim.

1/24/2013 3:31:39 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Congrats to you Jim!!!!

1/24/2013 8:53:08 AM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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Are you amazed at the vivid colors, sharpness and composition of your photographs? Well the judges are, CONGRATULATIONS you are a winner for the month of December, 2012!
Merna

1/25/2013 4:23:58 PM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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She looks WAY to large for me! Congrats "spiderman" on an excellent finalist! :-)

1/26/2013 2:48:43 PM

 
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