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Gasteracantha Weaving Web

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Caption: Researchers slow down video images in order to carefully observe how a spider (Gasteracantha) handles the sticky silk that it uses to trap its prey, pulling the silk out of its abdomen with its fourth leg and stretching it to weave its web.

Credit: Daniel Briceno

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