Land sea and spider webs




spider webspiderwebspider’s web, or cobweb (from the obsolete word coppe, meaning “spider”)[1] is a device created by a spider out of proteinaceous spider silk extruded from itsspinnerets.

Spider webs have existed for at least 100 million years, as witnessed in a rare find of Early Cretaceous amber from Sussex, southern England.[2] Insects can get trapped in spider webs, providing nutrition to the spider; however, not all spiders build webs to catch prey, and some do not build webs at all. “Spider web” is typically used to refer to a web that is apparently still in use (i.e. clean), whereas “cobweb” refers to abandoned (i.e. dusty) webs.[3] However, “cobweb” is used to describe the tangled three-dimensional web[4] of some spiders of the theridiidaefamily. Whilst this large family is also known as the tangle-web spiders, cobweb spiders and comb-footed spiders, they actually have a huge range of web architectures.

In traditional European medicine, cobwebs are used on wounds and cuts and seem to help healing and reduce bleeding.[15] Spider webs are rich in vitamin K, which can be effective in clotting blood. Webs were used several hundred years ago as gauze pads to stop an injured person’s bleeding.[16]

Fen Raft spider                                                                                                                        The extremely rare Fen Raft Spider is found on the Pevensey levels but I don’t know what species of spider made these webs

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