Spiders Spin Balloons to Fly Away

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Spiders Spin Balloons to Fly Away
Spiders Spin Balloons to Fly Away

This crab spider is surveying the wind condition with its leg hairs … to take flight. A team of researchers studied how these spiders release silk ""balloons"" and sail away. Conditions for liftoff need to be right. A warm and gentle breeze will do it.

The balloon is made up of 60 silk threads in a triangular form, similar to a wind-sail. It’s got to be nice to go wherever the wind blows. For more: See How Spiders 'Fly' Around the World on Their Silk"

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