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Spider Web with Dew Drops. Spider webs are made from the same thing spiders are, namely proteins. A spider expends a great deal of metabolic energy in the creation of its web and will eat the web if it becomes too damaged to catch things. A spider will also eat its web in the morning to 'drink' water in the form of dew. A spider web is so strong because of its flexibility; stopping a flying insect with a structure that appears so delicate is no mean feat. In engineering terms, if we could build a web to our scale it would be able to stop a cannonball fired at point blank range and be undamaged by the impact (Stuart).

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes