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Spider and silk threads, ESEM

Spider and silk threads, ESEM

C004/1568

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

Caption

Spider and silk threads. Coloured environmental scanning electron micrograph (ESEM) of a spider spinning silk (blue threads). At the rear of its abdomen are its spinnerets (not seen), structures used to produce the silk which the spider uses to weave a web and trap its prey. Some spiders also use silk to spin cocoons for their eggs. Spider's silk is made of a protein polymer called fibroin. It is very elastic and can be stretched 30-40 percent of its length before it breaks.

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