Harvesting spider silk

Harvesting spider silk

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Credit: THIERRY BERROD, MONA LISA PRODUCTION/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Harvesting spider silk. Golden silk orb weaver (Nephila sp.) spiders attached by the abdomen to a rack so that their silk can be harvested. The silk is attached to a wire which is coiled by a small motor. This draws the silk from the spiders. The process produces approximately 180 metre of silk an hour per spider. Photographed in Lyon, France.

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