today i learned – tues 4th sept 2018

thought up today’s fact whilst watching an awful spider film last night πŸ•· enjoy peeps 😘

#tdil the reason why spiders don’t stick to their own webs πŸ•Έ

it’s an interesting question πŸ€” why do all other things (including my face) stick so well to spiderwebs but spiders don’t?! what is this magic?! 😱 turns out, there are a few different factors 😏

the first is that, unlike unsuspecting prey, they never touch the web with all of their body at once. instead, they move around in a clever fashion that means that means that only the hairs on the tips of their legs make contact with the web πŸ‘πŸ»

there’s also the contributing fact that scientists now think that those hairs are coated with a special chemical that stops them from sticking on the web … like a kinda special spider grease 😏

besides these helpful tactics, spiders are also ocd when it comes to keeping themselves clean πŸ› this ensures that no random bits of dirt/silk/debris is stuck to them that could in turn stick them to their web πŸ•Έ

the final tactic feels pretty obvious when you read it … but i didn’t actually know it was possible! basically, not all of the web is sticky πŸ‘πŸ»

genuinely didn’t know this was a thing, but apparently many spiders can decide whether the web they lay is sticky or not πŸ™ŒπŸ» this means that they’ll often keep the areas that they frequent most free of stickiness … just to make life easier 😎

honestly, we’ve had a few spider facts now (i think … don’t remember if i actually remembered to post them πŸ˜‚) and spiders still fascinate me 😱 they’re just so darn cool! 😁

laters peeps 😏 #tdil


not a fan of creepy crawlies? πŸ˜… this fact totally wasn’t for you πŸ™ˆ why not take your mind off it with something else ->here<-

(image time! the header is ->here<- and the other is ->here<-)

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