Spider Web Tuning 101

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This amusing video clip from NPR explains how spiders “tune” their webs in a similar manner being a musician tunes a stringed instrument. S piders may tighten up or loosen the silk strands of their webs to achieve variation in the way each strand vibrates. T he sensors in the spider’s legs “read” the vibrations to gain details, such as the location of an insect newly trapped in the web. The spider’s web must be “tuned” in a certain way in order for the process to work. Scientists learned this information during analysis recently published in the journal Advanced Materials.

Learn more in this article at NPR online.   Via  Twisted Sifter.