Step 3: Collect Webs

To collect webs, I first snagged one  side of the web, and carefully twisted the web,  carefully pulling off silk threads from the leaves, until I had a the fibers in a length. I avoided breaking any threads whenever possible, in order to keep the original threads as long as they could be, before having to twist on a new length of silk.

I then wound the length of silk on a smooth stick (the stalk of a lily) temporarily, while I gathered more silk.
<p>how much can one of these threads hold in weight?</p>
<p>Iis this spider silk sticky?</p>
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<p>A spider web farm would be awesome,but sadly spiders get cannabalistic when near other spiders. They are very aggressive. </p><p>http://www.dar-elsafwa.com/</p>
<p>Would daddy long-leg spider webs work?</p><p>http://www.nirity.co</p>
<p>You want to get webs that are strong even in a single strand.</p><p>Real grand daddy long leg webs' are weak and only gathered in small amounts.</p>
<p>I someone wants to buy spider silk, I know of a location that has hundreds of webs. I do not know the current condition of the webs because they are not very protected from the elements. Tell how much you want and what it is worth to you and will see if we can make it happen. I do not know how we will determine the amount of web material we will end up with. You would also have to determine how you want it harvested- all in a ball or wound around something. Only about one in five webs were active last time I was there. I did not ID the spider making the webs. </p>
<p>Hi I'm doing a project where I'm building Spiderman's web shooters so I was wondering if you sell this thread or if you know where I can buy some. I'd really appreciate the help thank you.</p>
<p>A spider web farm would be awesome,but sadly spiders get cannabalistic when near other spiders. They are very aggressive.</p>
<p>A spider web farm would be awesome,but sadly spiders get cannabalistic when near other spiders. They are very aggressive.</p>
<p>A spider web farm would be awesome,but sadly spiders get cannabalistic when near other spiders. They are very aggressive.</p>
<p>A spider web farm would be awesome,but sadly spiders get cannabalistic when near other spiders. They are very aggressive.</p>
Wow. This is gorgeous! I never knew that you could make thread from spider webs! Too bad I don't live anywhere near a place where the spiders you listed live.
This is hands down the most interesting instructable I have ever seen, It's well done and I learned a lot from it! : D <br>
hey wow could you go and cath spiders and begin a spider web farm
yeah it would be fun
I think ticks should be added to the arachnid list because they have 8 legs too.
No need to add them, they're already there. Ticks, and all other mites are arachnids. You had the right idea.<br>-Z.
here is something creepy in a lab on a farm in Sweden they are making a goat that u can milk and it has milk and spider silk..............MILK SILK ANYONE!!!
I think I remember hearing about that! It makes NO SENSE!
I've seen "spider goats" at Purdue University. It actually makes a lot of sense. It's come a long way in a past several years. The milk is still "drinkable". The silk protein doesn't present as a fiber in the milk, it needs a chemical catalyst to be extracted. The goats have a number of advantages, they don't bite(well not like spiders do), they are easier to milk than spiders, they don't eat each other and they are still useful for things that goats are useful for. The process is still pretty young as technologies go but there's a lot of promise in it.
ya i really want one of the spider goats<br>
Haha. I saw a documentary about that a few years ago. They would extract the silk proteins from the milk of the genetically modified goats or something like that. It was less productive than pulling the web right out of the spiders. But I guess the crazy scientists scientists just wanna have fun.
You should see the size of a camel spider they are massive! I'm not sure if they make webs though?
No they don't, they're not actually spiders. They're more closely related to scorpions. No web at all.
srry said spider meant arachnid not spider srry they are in the same order as the spider and the scorpion which makes it no more closely related to either <br>
I bet that if you were to weave a friendship bracelet out of spider's silk, it would last for YEEEEEEARS. Some of the strongest stuff is said to be 10 times the strength of Kevlar. That's awesome.
It's kinda nice knowing that here in Michigan all I have to worry about is the brown recluse (which is not native to Michigan as it comes in with wood shipments), and the northern black widow (which sadly, is native to Michigan). Other than those two species, there isn't really any interesting species of arachnid here
Yeah, but New Zealand is even better: no spiders that could hurt anything bigger than a rabbit (if that). Plus, no snakes or other bitey things!
your wrong about that.there are poisonous spiders in New Zealand, three species to be exact.the kapito ,white- tailed and red back spiders. 1.red back bites can cause severe pain, aches and profuse sweating. 2.kapito bites may lead to severe pain around the bite area and possible muscle cramps. 3.A White-tailed spider bite usually leads to severe pain and swelling around the bite area, but there are no long-lasting effects. and yes you are right about the snakes and other &quot;bitey&quot; things&quot;
But aren't there mosquitoes? They can kill!
most mosquitoes in michigan suck blood. few will carry diseases as disease carrying mosquitoes are more common in tropical regions
For the record, the brown recluse is actually much more poisonous than the black widow. Black widow bites are painful, cause inflammation, and require doctors etc. Brown recluse bites cause necrosis of the flesh rapidly and require a doctor for not only anti venom, but usually removal of flesh to amputation.
Where I live (west coast of North America) we have many black and brown widows. It's weird because brown widows are from Florida. The Brown recluse is the most poisonous spider,and following that is the brown widow. They're not really dangerous though, because they don't bite as often as the black widow.
Would daddy long-leg spider webs work?
I think it would, especially if this sentence from a <a href="http://www.xs4all.nl/~ednieuw/Spiders/Pholcidae/Pholcidae.htm" rel="nofollow">website</a> on them is any indication:<br> <br> &quot;the spider throws tough stiff web material over the victim and disables its mobility&quot;
I think most people when talking about a &quot;Daddy Long Legs&quot; will be referring to a harvestman arachnid. You didn't exactly use a well known website to source your information, and most side websites will get certain details mixed up. Either way, the harvestman arachnid is not even capable of producing web in any great quantity, if at all. If you see one in a web, he is trapped, and going to die! Although yes, on Myth Busters they proved that it is possible to entice a harvestman into biting into your flesh, a reaction because of it doesn't mean it punctured the .5 - 4mm of flesh to the other side, likely only puncturing the first layer or two, and causing an irritation. The average one's fangs are only .25mm long, and they don't have strong uncate fang muscles either. They do however have a wonderful myth that they have some of the most poisonous venom, and that likely stemmed from the fact they prey on redback's (Part of the black widow family) and win consistently, however scientists have learned it's merely because they are quicker, and get the upper hand, or neck...lol!
@MaXoR<br><br>I believe you are confusing harvestmen (order Phalangida) with spider, Pholcus phalangioides (featured on Myth Busters), that has a near-cosmopolitan distribution. As true spiders, Pholcus DOES possess fangs, can penetrate human, skin, and 'throws' stiff web silk around their prey.<br><br>Harvestmen (order Phalangida or Opiliones), while arachnids, are not spiders and possess neither fangs nor silk glands.
A thread of spider silk the thickness of a pencil cna stop (cut through) military jerts moving at full speed...
Yeah. I need to collect a LOT of silk... Gonna make a climbing rope if I can.
no dangerous spiders here exept if your allergic. and there's just one spider that has a nasty wasp like bite but that one lives under water.
The underwater spiders I know in the US do not live underwater, but they do hunt underwater by carrying a bubble of air with them.
this one makes an underwater web and fills it with air. they are quite rare and only live in heavily grown underwater places. although holland is a country with a lot of water not mutch is so grown that it can make its web there. never been bitten by one and i'm not planning to be bitten anytime soon.
You are kidding right? How can they make a air bubble? I didn't even know they had lungs?
They don't &quot;make&quot; an air bubble, the air gets trapped between the hairs on the outside of their body and makes the body look silver. They do not have lungs, their respiratory system, I believe, is an open system. Air travels freely inside their body cavity.
Actually, yes, some spiders do &quot;collect&quot; air at the surface to fill their air bubble underwater...
Arachnids, including spiders and scorpions have a respiratory organ called a &quot;book-lung&quot; because it looks like a large open book with the pages &quot;leaved-out&quot; to each side. Attached is an image of a tarantula's well-developed book-lungs.

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