Imaging spider silk

A Nephila clavipes female spider in the center of her web. The radial strands and scaffolding of her web is composed of major and minor ampullate spider silk fibers. Commonly referred to as dragline silk, this substance was imaged at the nanoscale at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source. Image by Jeff Yarger.

 

Photo by Jeff Yarger / courtesy Argonne National Laboratory

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Taken on August 9, 2011