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A rare textile made from the silk of more than a million wild spiders goes on display today at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
To produce this unique golden cloth, 70 people spent four years collecting golden orb spiders from telephone poles in Madagascar, while another dozen workers carefully extracted about 80 feet of silk filament from each of the arachnids.
The venom of the golden silk orb-weaver is potent, but not lethal to humans. Its venom is a neurotoxin similar to that of the black widow spider; however, its venom is not nearly as powerful. Its bite causes local pain, redness, and blisters, but these symptoms usually disappear within a day (though the bite mark may leave a scar). There were efforts to produce garments from Nephila silk. The spiders were fastened and the extruding thread coiled up until the spider was exhausted. However, this method did not prove commercially viable. Fishermen on coasts of the indopacific ocean remove Nephila webs and form them into a ball, which is thrown into the water. There it unfolds and is used to catch bait fish.
Originally posted by Orion65
reply to post by mblahnikluver
My sister and her then fiance were backpacking through Costa Rica and almost ran into one of these webs. It had a big green golden orb spider in it and my sister said the web was enormous. She said once they stepped back to take a look at it (and get away from the spider, lol) that it was intricately beautiful and bigger than any spider's web she'd ever seen. I guess she's lucky she didn't run into the web herself or maybe she would have ended up like that bird.
Originally posted by mythatsabigprobe
This is too cool. I have one of these spiders that's been making a web over the front of my house for the last two weeks. I thought it was a banana spider and was wondering why it's web was yellow.. Now I know!
Originally posted by Darky5K
Okay, so the silk is nice, when will this be used as armor for subjugation?