I always like jumping spiders. They’re just so darn cute.
You don’t work with spiders very long before you start noticing how important silk is to their life and just how special that is for spiders.
With all due respect to arachnophobes, I love spiders. Some might call me obsessed, but I’ve been studying spiders and spider silks for many years now and don’t see an end in sight. There is simply too much to do.
For me, each day begins and ends with wanting to learn a little more about the secrets of spider silk.
Cheryl and spiders: It kind of just goes together now.
Some spider silks are really strong, but not all of them are. The ones that are really strong can actually rival steel and approach the tensile strength of Kevlar. Thus far, the dragline silk seems to be the strongest.
To borrow from the writings of a spider named Charlotte: ‘Silk is terrific!’
It’s like the spiders are sharing an ancient secret with me, and that’s why I’m going to spend the rest of my life studying spider silk.
The next time you see a spider web, please, pause and look a little closer. You’ll be seeing one of the most high-performance materials known to man.