Australian Spiders Weave A Wickedly Cool Web

By Meera Dolasia on March 8, 2012

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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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  • cat loverMonday, December 19, 2016 at 2:13 pm
    cool but disgusting at the same time
    • luluSaturday, November 12, 2016 at 1:04 pm
      eww my friend whoul faint if she saw this!!!
      • quesosombreros
        quesosombrerosFriday, October 28, 2016 at 6:03 am
        Spiders should wear cheese hats!🧀🎩🧀🎩🧀🎩🧀🎩
        • youcrackmirrors
          youcrackmirrorsThursday, October 27, 2016 at 4:47 pm
          why you scared snugybugy
          • meTuesday, January 5, 2016 at 3:21 pm
            i agree
            • taco catWednesday, September 30, 2015 at 9:06 am
              awesome
              • snugybugy
                snugybugyThursday, September 24, 2015 at 11:51 am
                stay away spiders!!!!!
                • snugybugy
                  snugybugyThursday, September 24, 2015 at 11:42 am
                  that is so gross!!! i am so glad that doesn't happen where i live!
                  • Shizzy ShivvyTuesday, June 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm
                    I know right Dragonslay freaky and awesome at the same time but if my brother where to be there he would be rolling in all the silk like he's in snow ;)
                    • dragonslay
                      dragonslayWednesday, June 3, 2015 at 11:09 am
                      umm ok ya that would be so freaky but awesome at the same time

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