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Orb Web spiders all around the world, including the families that live here in Australia combine a variety of factors in the behaviour and physiology to prevent themselves sticking to their own webs (1) Hairs on the spider reduce the surface area of contact of the leg to the web (2) A chemical resin that is secreted by the spider also seems to reduce adhesion to the web (3) they move delicately, sometimes moving on to tip toes when the web shakes (pictured).
Mar 29, 2012 / 3 notes

Orb Web spiders all around the world, including the families that live here in Australia combine a variety of factors in the behaviour and physiology to prevent themselves sticking to their own webs (1) Hairs on the spider reduce the surface area of contact of the leg to the web (2) A chemical resin that is secreted by the spider also seems to reduce adhesion to the web (3) they move delicately, sometimes moving on to tip toes when the web shakes (pictured).

The Golden Ord-Web Spider (Family: Nephilidae) can grow to huge sizes. The females can grow bigger than your hand and the web can be so string they are able to catch small birds like flowerpeckers or sunbirds. 
Jan 11, 2012 / 8 notes

The Golden Ord-Web Spider (Family: Nephilidae) can grow to huge sizes. The females can grow bigger than your hand and the web can be so string they are able to catch small birds like flowerpeckers or sunbirds.