Living With Caddisfly Glue

Caddisfly Jewelry
Artist: Hubert Duprat Photo:

Caddisfly larvae live underwater and build protective cases from solid materials such as rocks and sticks. The materials are glued together with silk. This activity occurs underwater. Therefore, the glue must be waterproof. The silk is strong enough to hold together even heavy materials such as stones and jewels.

Biomedical engineers want adhesives that work in an aqueous environment, have sufficient strength to hold together tissues such as…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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