Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Bizarre inter-species cooperation between spiders leads to world's biggest spiderweb!

This is one of the most fascinating stories I've ever read. And, um, the creepiest. Apparently thousands of spiders from at least twelve distinct species have evolved a never-before-seen cooperative behavior that has allowed them to work together to build a web that has effectively taken over part of a state park in Texas. The web is - are you paying attention? - the size of two football fields. Here's the piece from Wired News. More from Wired's Adam Rogers here. And a story from the Dallas Star-Telegram here.

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