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Dew on a spider's web, photographed by Wilson Bentley. Early gelatin silver print of droplets of dew on a spider's web, imaged by US photographer Wilson Alwyn Bentley (1865-1931). Bentley attached a microscope to his camera and perfected a technique that allowed him to photograph meteorological phenomena such as snowflakes, frost and dew. Dew consists of droplets of condensation that form on exposed surfaces in the early morning and late evening. A spider's web, used to catch its insect prey, is formed of threads of spider silk (gossamer), spun from a strong elastic protein polymer called fibroin. This photograph dates from around 1910.
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