Have you ever dreamt of being Spiderman? Now you can, but not in a way that you imagined. Kraig Biocraft Laboratories designed a body armor made of spider silk, and here’s what you need to know about it.

Dragon Silk

Golden orb-weaver spider (Nephila inaurata madagascariensis) female, Madagascar. Charles J. SharpCC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

No, it’s not silk harvested from dragons, although getting one sure would be awesome. One of the US Army’s body armor considerations is made from Golden Orb Weaver Spider’s silk. This spider, according to online-field-guide.com, is a “very large orb-weaving spider, characterized by long, slender red legs and a highly elongated, silvery and black abdomen which may have prominent yellow markings.” It creates extremely large yellow webs usually sited up to 6 meters from the ground, sometimes even higher. This spider is native to Madagascar.

Trivia: Only female spiders construct webs; males occupy a female’s web.

According to National Geographic, “Spider silk is one of the most versatile materials on Earth. A protein created by special organs known as spinnerets, spider silk can be used for transportation, shelter, courtship, and all kinds of creative ways to trap prey.”