Sometimes the smallest creatures can build the strongest homes. Take for example this little itsy bitsy spider:
Named in honour of the naturalist Charles Darwin and discovered in Madagascar in the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park in 2009, Darwin’s bark spider is less than an inch long, but its diminutive size doesn’t deter this itsy bitsy thing from building one of the world’s largest – and strongest – webs.
According to scientists, this 18mm spider spins one of the largest known orb webs; they can range up to 30 square feet (2.8 square meters) in size, some of the largest in nature, and dangle over streams, rivers and small lakes up to 82 feet (25 meters) across – about as long as two city buses!
Darwin's bark spider also spins the toughest silk ever seen — more than twice as tough as any previously described silk, and more than 10 times stronger than Kevlar.
A tiny little critter with amazing architectural talent...