One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A slender mainly tropical insect with a soft brownish body, living under stones or logs in a tunnel of silk produced by glands on the front legs.
Order Embioptera: several families
- ‘Web-spinners pick up vibrations through the silk threads of the web.’
- ‘The Embioptera are called web-spinners because they are very good at spinning webs from the silk secreted by glands in the tarsi of their forelegs.’
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