These Spiders Can Glide!

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Researchers discovered that Selenops spiders could glide after dropping 59 of them from the forest canopies in Panama and Peru. They observed the spiders orienting themselves and steering their bodies with their front legs so that they could land on nearby trees. This behavior theoretically keeps the spiders safe from predators that prowl the ground below.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Selenopid spiders can glide to a nearby tree if they fall from the forest canopy. 00:15

  2. Watch spiders glide in a wind tunnel: 00:32

  3. Some wingless insects have been known to glide through the air to avoid predators. 00:41

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