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University of California - Berkeley

Falling Insects Electrostatically Deform Web

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Caption: High-speed video shows how charged insects (a bee, a fly and an aphid) falling toward a spider web deform the silk by electrostatic attraction before they make contact. The final frames shows how a silk thread rapidly deforms to stick to a charged water droplet.

Credit: By Victor Manuel Ortega-Jimenez, UC Berkeley.

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