Insect glue could seal wounds (5 images)
Caddisflies, like this specimen, live near rivers, lakes and ponds.
Their larvea use self-produced silk to built shelters for protection and storing food.
Picture from a scanning electron microscope, showing a mesh of wet adhesive silk ribbon produced by a caddisfly larva to stitch together the inside of its shelter case.
The reseachers examined a Caddisfly species living in the Provo river near Salt Lake City.
They hope to synthesize the insect's wet adhesive silk for use as an adhesive tape during surgery.
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