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Consequences of electrical conductivity in an orb spider's capture web

Overview of attention for article published in Naturwissenschaften, December 2013
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#25 of 1,177)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (98th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (90th percentile)

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2 blogs
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3 Facebook pages

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Title
Consequences of electrical conductivity in an orb spider's capture web
Published in
Naturwissenschaften, December 2013
DOI 10.1007/s00114-013-1120-8
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Authors

Fritz Vollrath, Donald Edmonds

Abstract

The glue-coated and wet capture spiral of the orb web of the garden cross spider Araneus diadematus is suspended between the dry silk radial and web frame threads. Here, we experimentally demonstrate that the capture spiral is electrically conductive because of necks of liquid connecting the droplets even if the thread is stretched. We examine how this conductivity of the capture spiral may lead to entrapment of charged airborne particles such as pollen, spray droplets and even insects. We further describe and model how the conducting spiral will also locally distort the Earth's ambient electric field. Finally, we examine the hypothesis that such distortion could be used by potential prey to detect the presence of a web but conclude that any effect would probably be too small to allow an insect to take evasive action.

Mendeley readers

The data shown below were compiled from readership statistics for 29 Mendeley readers of this research output. Click here to see the associated Mendeley record.

Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 7%
Japan 1 3%
United Kingdom 1 3%
Unknown 25 86%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 28%
Researcher 6 21%
Student > Master 4 14%
Student > Bachelor 3 10%
Unspecified 3 10%
Other 5 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 14 48%
Unspecified 5 17%
Engineering 3 10%
Environmental Science 2 7%
Materials Science 2 7%
Other 3 10%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 96. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 February 2017.
All research outputs
#107,833
of 9,122,902 outputs
Outputs from Naturwissenschaften
#25
of 1,177 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#2,114
of 184,802 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Naturwissenschaften
#3
of 31 outputs
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