Adhesiveness of Spider Silk

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Science  20 Nov 1964:
Vol. 146, Issue 3647, pp. 1058-1061
DOI: 10.1126/science.146.3647.1058


Moths, by virtue of the loose scales that cover their wings and bodies, are admirably adapted to elude capture by orb-weaving spiders. Rather than sticking to the web, they may simply lose some of their scales to the viscid threads, and then fly on. Other insects, covered with detachable hairs or waxy powder, are similarly protected against entrapment. Quantitative data are presented on the adhesiveness of spider thread to insect cuticles oq various kinds.

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