Spider Shoots Web 80 ft Across Water and Builds Giant Web to Catch Prey
Darwin’s bark spider (Caerostris darwini) is an orb-weaver spider that produces one of the largest known orb webs (up to 2.8 sq m/30 sq ft), with anchor lines spanning up to 25 metres (82 ft).
The spider was discovered in Madagascar in the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park in 2009. Its silk is the toughest biological material ever studied, over ten times tougher than a similarly-sized piece of Kevlar. The species was named in honour of the naturalist Charles Darwin, with the description being prepared precisely 150 years after the publication of The Origin of Species, on 24 November 2009. [source]
In this amazing clip from BBC’s The Hunt we see incredible HD close up footage of the Darwin’s bark spider shooting its web.