Australian Spiders Weave A Wickedly Cool Web

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On Monday, March 5th, about 8,000 people living in the low-lying areas of North Wagga Wagga, in New South Wales, Australia were ordered to evacuate their homes thanks to flash flooding caused by the overflowing Murrumbidgee River.

Fortunately, the waters soon subsided, and the residents were allowed return the next day, only to find that their normally green lawns had turned into a wintry wonderland. However, the soft feathery carpet was not snow, but the magical work of thousands of tiny Linyphiidae spiders that reside in the area.

According to experts, these tiny arachnids, that measure a mere one centimeter were also trying to escape from the rising waters. So, they performed a nifty trick called ballooning, whereby they let out individual silk strands to enable them to float up in the air with the wind.

Since there were only a few dry spots left, most of them landed close to each other on high grasslands, trees, shrubs and whatever else they could find to keep them from drowning. Once there, they did what they do best - weave soft wispy webs.

Also known as sheet weavers because of the shape of their webs or money spiders because they are believed to bring good luck, Linyphiidae spiders are quite common, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. However, very few people are aware of them because they are so tiny and usually construct their webs closer to the ground.

This is not the first-time spiders have created this kind of beautiful wonderland. When floods hit Pakistan in 2011, millions of spiders scrambled up trees to escape the water and covered them up with their silken nets. In this case, it also helped in the aftermath, because the webs trapped in malaria-carrying mosquitoes that multiply rapidly around stagnant waters.

Resources: ninemsn.co.au, smh.com.au, uniquedaily.com

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  • x_goddess_x
    x_goddess_x12 months
    wow!
    • beyblade dudeover 4 years
      run for your lives people with arachnophobia 😱 🕷️
      • the fun house21almost 5 years
        that is so cool imagine the spider.WOW!
        • cat loverover 5 years
          cool but disgusting at the same time
          • luluover 5 years
            eww my friend whoul faint if she saw this!!!
            • quesosombreros
              quesosombrerosover 5 years
              Spiders should wear cheese hats!🧀🎩🧀🎩🧀🎩🧀🎩
              • meover 6 years
                i agree
                • taco catover 6 years
                  awesome
                  • snugybugy
                    snugybugyover 6 years
                    stay away spiders!!!!!
                    • snugybugy
                      snugybugyover 6 years
                      that is so gross!!! i am so glad that doesn't happen where i live!