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Spiders Rain From the Skies in Australia

18 May 2015, 5:19 pm

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Imagine waking up to blankets of spider webs and millions of baby spiders “raining” from the skies. For some in the small Australian town of Goulburn, that seeming impossibility was reportedly the reality earlier this month.

That’s right – silk from spider webs were strewn over the ground and potentially millions of baby spiders were spotted leaping in the town about a three hours’ drive away from Sydney in the Australian province of New South Wales. Most of the spiders – and their silky leftover debris – were left on the property of a rural home near Goulburn.

A blanket of silk was left behind by the spiders on top of vegetation in this particular rural portion of the Australia. The event was witnessed by only a small handful of residents and attracted attention after one of them posted photos of the event on Facebook.

The “flying” sensation, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, is a result of baby spiders taking advantage of wind to migrate. Baby spiders climb to the top of vegetation and then leap, releasing a streamer of silk in order to loft themselves well above the ground and to migrate. Some spiders have been caught “flying” as high as nearly two miles above the ground. It is likely this image created the sensation of spiders “flying” to people at ground level.

How does weather play into this story? Well, cool overnight temperatures actually helped the silk from the webs dissipate by morning after the initial fall. Also, breezy conditions allow the spiders to float and migrate further, and breezy conditions may have prompted the spiders to make their grand leap earlier this month.

It’s far from the first time this has been reported. In 2001 and 2012, similar incidents were reported in other parts of Australia.

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photo: Wikipedia, Look Sharp!

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