Imaging Brazil 116: Spiderweb in Belo Horizonte, MG (2007)
This colorful image represents a detail of a simple spiderweb that I have found in Parque Mangabeiras in Belo Horizonte during the final days of a Brazilian autumn. During this season, you might encounter many spiderwebs, produced by small and larger spiders. Some spiderwebs are quite small, but many are really large! It is not easy to take a picture of such a spiderweb: any slight movement in the air makes the web vibrate a little. This is also seen on the photo. There are no sharp, straight lines, but to my giant surprise, there was a color pattern, as if it were a result of a certain laboratory analysis, such as a protein analysis. The threads are not white or grayish white, but they bear many colors! From purple to red to yellow to pink, with some obviously illuminating rings. What are the secrets of the composition of these spider threads?
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Parque Municipal das Mangabeiras