Scientists Used AI to Track Spiders Building Webs in The Dark in Unprecedented Detail

Although they can be small enough to waltz on your fingernail, spiders are capable of feats of breathtakingly beautiful and complex engineering.

That is, of course, their webs – structures that have fascinated and fired the human imagination for millennia. Now, we have the most detailed analysis yet of how they do so.


A team of scientists deployed night-vision cameras and artificial intelligence to study every position of all eight of a spider’s legs during the construction of a web. The result is a model that can predict the stages of web building based on the posture of the spider’s legs.

This should be able to help scientists figure out what’s going on in their tiny spider brains as they work away, spinning in the dark.

Uloborus diversus on one of its intricate webs. (Michael…

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