Spider Skin: Up close and personal, a scanning electron micrograph reveals spider skin to be richly textured, with emerging spider hairs. The yellow pseudo-colored spheres are brochosomes, secreted by leafhoppers and likely remnants of this spider’s last tasty meal.
• Brochosomes even have a Wiki page all to themselves (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brochosome). Secreted by the excretory glands of a leafhopper, they are rubbed all over as a protective, waterproof coating. Too bad they don’t work against spiders.
Image: By Maria Barbajo for FEI Company.