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Natural Insecticide: 6-inch banana spider

By Rady Ananda

This six-inch female weaved a web support line so strong that it impeded my opening the patio door – not by much, of course, but enough that I could feel it. The silk of Nephila clavipes surpasses the strength of Kevlar, a fiber used in bulletproof vests. And she layers it.

Nephila clavipes (banana spider) by Rady Ananda Sept.2009, Ft. Lauderdale

Nephila clavipes (banana spider) by Rady Ananda Sept.2009, Ft. Lauderdale

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