Here’s How Scientists Collect A Spider’s Silk, And It’s Oddly Fascinating

Anytime people mention spiders or see them, people tend to absolutely freak out. Well, turns out that you can actually do some pretty cool stuff with them – if you’re a scientist that is. In this video, scientists from Oxford Silk Group collect the silk from a Golden Orb Weaver also known as Nephila edulis.


The spider can create up to six different types, however the silk produced in the video is mainly dragline silk from the spider’s primary ampullate gland. In order to gather the silk from the spider, the scientists first sedated it with carbon dioxide and held the spider in place with pins that wouldn’t harm it.

Weird huh?


Check it out below

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