A team of researchers has found a 110-million-year-old spider web embedded in a piece of amber ? the oldest known example of a web containing trapped insects.
It appears to be an orb web, like the spiral nets made by common garden spiders to catch flying insects, according to a report published Friday in the journal Science. … Caught within the tangles of the glue-dotted web were a fly, a mite, a beetle and a wasp leg.
… The amber, found in Spain, is from the early Cretaceous period ? a time when dinosaurs roamed and insects were explosively diversifying.? – more