If, like me, you’re feeling the ravages of age, no longer lithe and limber, and you’re starting to realize that you grunt every time you sit down, take heart. Other animals also fall apart with age. ScienceShot reports that spiders do too:
On Saturday, biologists will present research at the Society for Experimental Biology annual conference in Glasgow showing that as spiders age, they build shabbier, less perfect webs than they did in their youth. As a young creepy-crawly, the European house spider, Zygiella x-notata, weaves intricately patterned webs with regular spacing and exact angles, like this one in the left photo, built by a 17-day-old spider. The web in the right photo was built by a 188-days-old spider nearing the end of its life, and its web design is far more irregular and shows numerous gaps. Researchers suspect that, like in humans, the spider’s central nervous system breaks down in old age.
I love the two comments on the page:
Maybe the old dude just doesn’t care what the other spiders think anymore. Maybe it is attitude not capability. Again, just like humans…
i have to agree with Mike, perhaps its not the fact that its older but that it knows its nearing the end of its life and just no longer cares enough about due to its impending death, perhaps this too is why elderly folks don’t seem to give a f&%$ ?
h/t: Matthew Cobb