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The Curious Webspinner Insect Knits a Cozy Home | Deep Look

The Curious Webspinner Insect Knits a Cozy Home | Deep Look


Ok, under a log, you uncover a wispy white web. You’re thinking: spider. Not so fast. This maze of woven silk has nothing to do
with arachnids. It’s actually created by a kind of insect
called a webspinner. They’re related to stick insects and praying
mantises. Never heard of ’em? Not surprised. They give spiders a run for their money. Their handiwork is a tent … umbrella … and
invisibility cloak all-in-one. But while spiders produce silk from their
backends, a webspinner’s silk comes from her feet. Yep, her front feet. She intertwines the strands, waving back and
forth, back and forth. She has tiny hair-like ejectors on the bottom
of each foot, which shoot out the silk. It’s the thinnest silk of any animal. The work is painstaking. But the result is pretty cozy – kinda like
a quilted roof. Their home – also known as a gallery – is their
only defense, hiding their soft bodies from predators. There’s also plenty of moss and lichen to
eat inside. So why leave? And if they need to do some housekeeping,
it’s easy to take out the trash. They just stick it to the roof … and forget
about it. The silk also keeps out something they really
like to avoid: rain. Webspinners can easily drown if a downpour
floods their gallery. Luckily, they’ve got exceptional weather-proofing. Water just beads up on the silk’s surface,
like on a rose petal. And that water actually changes the silk,
making the surface more slippery by transforming the proteins. So it becomes extra waterproof. But having silk-slinging front feet has a
downside. Say an unwanted visitor comes along. If they want to get away, webspinners have
to tiptoe to avoid triggering their silk ejectors. Not exactly the fastest runner. So to get away, webspinners dart … backwards,
to avoid getting tangled up. They’re much faster in reverse. Small price to pay for the ability to weave
an entire hidden world. One that will keep the webspinners – and
their young – safe … for generations to come. Hi, it’s Lauren. Music fans – here’s a special playlist for
ya of Deep Look creatures that make music of their own. Also, check out Sound Field, a new show from
PBS Digital Studios that breaks down our favorite songs and artists from all genres … from
Bach to Beyonce. It’s hosted by two amazing musicians, Nahre
Soul and LA Buckner, who even come up with an original song in every episode. Link is in the description. Thanks.

Comments (100)

  1. Great video! Wish they could have shed some light on the males and mating process tho ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  2. Why dont we just use these guys to make bio plastics? When wet its web becomes a form of crude plastic… -.-

  3. cant have a video without musak….ppl can function without it 24/7.

  4. Huh- Iโ€™ve seen these webs before under logs and always thought it was some kinda spider. Idk why but they look cute when they move their arms around lol

  5. Sheโ€™s just preparing her home before she texts her boyfriend saying โ€œIโ€™m home aloneโ€

  6. I love natureโ€™s miracles!

  7. What an adorable buggo

  8. Me "a 23 year old man living with my parents"
    Mom: Leave, go find a job
    Me: 2:02—2:10

  9. they honestly look super cute

  10. I guess itโ€™s on the web now

  11. So cute! It seems like a concert organizer! OwO

  12. Spider bug! Spider bug! Not a spider cause it's a bug! Spins a web, in a log, to deflect water drops, look out, here comes the spider bug!

  13. 23 spiders disliked this video

  14. How come I have never heard of it?

  15. Deep Look is probably the only channel that can make creepy critters look absolutely adorable! ๐Ÿ˜† This coming from someone with entomophobia I appreciate the different perspective you've given me. ๐Ÿ˜…

  16. Aww, look at her little tippy-toe walk!! So cute.

  17. Wish I could stick my trash on the roof.

  18. I've seen those webs underneath logs when I was a kid, but why aren't you surprised we never heard of them? "Giving a spider a run for the money" is no reason. Really. What was the big secret???? It's like someone said, Whoah these things give spiders a run for their money. Let's keep it a secret.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฟโ€โ™‚๏ธ Bwahahahaha. Nerds man!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

  19. that webspinner lowkey cuute liiike ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™Š

  20. This is the real spiderman actually, since its web comes from its hand

  21. Its kinda cuteโ˜บ๏ธ

  22. 0:35 Mantis: Wait, what??

  23. the real insect that bit Peter Parker

  24. So spiderman wasnt really a spider but a wenspinner coz you know webs comes out from the hands

  25. Why is it running away from an ant?

  26. I want Zefrank to cover this as well.

  27. this insect produces silk from his front legs therefore spiderman is more similar to a webspinner than to an actual spider

  28. I always hope your videos never end.โค๏ธ

  29. 3:44 ๐ŸŽต You're a real fast insect, when you back that thing up
    Call me webspinner, when I back that thing up
    Girl, who is you weaving with?, back that thing up

  30. Hey lauren i like when u make videos.
    Plz u make vdo

  31. Bugs playing minecraft. Rad

  32. Breed these and produce silk that way, seems easier than milking spiders

  33. Interesting little bug

  34. IT'S SOOOO CUTE ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  35. Never heard of this little creature before. Learned something today. Thanks, Deep Look!

  36. Looks like something you would love as a pet

  37. You make me discover so many cool bugs, thank you for your outstanding work!

  38. They're such complex creatures and we don't appreciate them because of their size.

  39. A few million year of evolution and these insect will replace the spider.

  40. no idea why…but at 1:09, my mind goes
    "Patty cake, patty cake, baker's man"

  41. 0:00 Click that quickly many times so it will turn in to black cube

  42. Huh, itโ€™s building a tiny home, itโ€™s so cute.

  43. I love him and would die for him

  44. I always thought these were formed by some sort of caterpillar

  45. Why do I think this bug is cute-

  46. Great….but what good are these creatures? What do they do to make their mark in this world?

  47. Never thought something with that many legs would look cute tiptoeing

  48. Hi Lauren love your voice .

  49. How strong is their silk compared to that of spiders?

  50. Is it just me or are these kinda cute?

  51. This bug is my social life

  52. This bug is my social life

  53. I'll never complain about my Grandma's horrible knitted couch blankets again.

  54. This show is slowly fixing my irrational phobia of insects

  55. Its cute seeing it pat pat with its little feeties๐Ÿ˜‚

  56. this bug is so cute!!!

  57. 0:34 Be honest- who thought those were two photos until it looked at us?

  58. this insect is cute! Like it doesn't do any harm it has cool webs it always is just chilin in its home minding it's own business

  59. I love these videos๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜

  60. Think of the brain size of that little thing and it can do all that

  61. My mantis senses are tingling, did somebody call for a webspinner?

  62. I need a full-blown weaving fight between Arachne and the Webspinner now.

  63. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks she is cute

  64. Not gonna lie… it's adorable af!!

  65. Oh!! That's what the web near my home belongs to!
    I couldn't figure out what type of spider couldve built it because it looked more like a tarantula nest, and there are webspinners here. Really cool episode!

  66. this #EPIC insect doing #MOONWALK at 3:42

    you are welcome ๐Ÿค—

  67. Sheโ€™s adorable when sheโ€™s weaving

  68. i like the way she is building her house just slapping the top of a wood it looks reaally funny ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  69. He's got little mittens for hands aaww

  70. Pat pat pat pat pat pat pat pat

  71. very interesting ๐Ÿค”

  72. These things are so cute

  73. When was this DLC lunched?

  74. Who says I've never heard of webspinner? I heard it from Spiderman but not a living one

  75. I wish I could fix clothes by putting my hand on it

  76. I rank these beauts along the same as rolly pollys – cute and harmless

  77. 3:46
    Thanos: a small price to pay to web with your hands

  78. Keep going please ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’—

  79. The Webspinner is kinda the good grandma we all know and love that knits our sweaters of the insect kingdom

  80. Tarantula: Who are you…?

    Webspinner: Iโ€™m you but better

  81. Why don't spin the web to the ant with front feet?

  82. This. This is the most cutest insect I have ever seen.

  83. Narrator: they are related to stick insects and praying mantises.
    Praying Mantis at 0:37 looks at the camera: What are you talking about ?

  84. Ahh….. This is.. Oddly cute.

  85. Could you pls upload more!!!

  86. So spider man wasn't actually a spider… But a webspinner

    Makes sense.

  87. I have a few in culture and they make thee webs really quickly, I was surprised when I first got them.

  88. Considering the thickness of the silk, idk how many silks or time it would take to make it visible or look like a thread

  89. Tiptoeing webspinners are so cute ngl

  90. This insect would have made for a much more anatomically accurate spidermanโ€ฆ

  91. Do they eat other insects?

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