Spider web under a foldscope

  • Praveen Rahi

Hi, this is Parveen Kurbah, and I am from MeECL Secondary School, Umiam from standard 10.

A spider web was found during Panshet dam, near Pune visit. I found this web on the ground and I thought it will be interesting to observe the microfibres under a paper foldscope. It was a tricky part to take the sample, as its a sensitive thread like structure. I place a glass slide carefully below web and now the web was stuck on the slide. Under the foldscope I can see the transparent thread and several other tiny particles traped on the web. I learned that the spider webs are used to trap tiny organisms so that the spider can feed on them.

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