Vibration Signal Transmission in Spider Orb Webs

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Science  17 Jul 1981:
Vol. 213, Issue 4505, pp. 363-365
DOI: 10.1126/science.213.4505.363


Vibration transmission from the prey-catching region to the hub of the unloaded orb web of Nuctenea sclopetaria was measured by laser vibrometry. Compared to transverse or lateral vibrations, longitudinal vibration shows less attenuation and contains more directional information. It is transmitted well throughout the entire frequency range measured (1 to 10,000 hertz).