Ahhhh! It's Raining Spiders In Brazil

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Here's some advice for those of you that are scared of spiders - Don't visit the town of Santo Antonio da Platina in Brazil. And if you do, steer clear of telephone wires or you may witness what 20-year old web designer Eric Reis did when he left a friend's house on Sunday February 10th - Thousands of the creepy arachnids precariously dangling off the wires.

The scene that at first glance appears like they were all about to 'rain' from the skies and land on the young man may be scary enough to send shivers down the spines of most humans, but it did not faze arachnid experts. Apparently, it is pretty common for social or colonial spiders to live in massive colonies and hunt together. The only mystery they are trying to solve, is what species of spiders these happened to be.

An early report suggested the swarming spiders were Anelosimus eximius, a social species of spider that weave communal webs, live together as adults, and even share childcare duties. However, some experts believe that these are too big to be the A.eximius. They are leaning toward another social species - The Parawixia bistriata.

According to arachnologist George Uetz, the spiders do not appear to be living in one giant web but are spread out among a network of individual orb webs across the wires which is why they appeared to be 'raining'. And given that the the P. bistriata are prevalant in the South American Savannas, makes it even more likely. Another clue is the fact that they seemed to suddenly appear out of thin air - A trait common to this species which have a tendency to collect in a group, usually camouflaged inside trees at night, as if to discuss strategy. Then early in the mornings, they converge upon a selected spot where they first weave a huge communal web. Once that is done, they start to build individual webs on this base, inside which they sit and lure their prey - Who knew that spiders were this smart!

The only way to really determine which species of spider is crowding up the Brazilian skies is to get up close and personal with them - A task that is still up for grabs in case, you are interested.

Resources: csmonitor.com, wired.com, dailymail.co.uk

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  • happygymnast
    happygymnastWednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10:10 am
    i think they r cute
    • animereina2020
      animereina2020Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 8:18 am
      I know this might be out of topic, but yesterday there were some BABY COPPER HEADS around my house. And they are more dangerous than adult Copper Heads. My friends started screaming and ran away, and one of my friend's fathers came out and killed it with a stick. Yuck!
      • baseball14
        baseball14Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 3:31 pm
        omg
        • sooz
          soozThursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:12 am
          spiders are cool I like spiders
          • stevie68787
            stevie68787Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 3:40 pm
            I love spiders
            • sooz
              soozThursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:12 am
              me too
            • Lizzy cool cat Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 5:46 pm
              That is SCARY a brown reclus was on my door creepy and I red it on the same day😰
              • lpsbrooklyn11
                lpsbrooklyn11Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm
                A BROWN RECLUS?? I heard those were creepy!! I think one was in my backyard!!
                • animereina2020
                  animereina2020Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 8:15 am
                  I heard that Brown Recluses are actually dangerous and can kill you!😱
              • anonymousTuesday, October 29, 2019 at 12:25 pm
                cool, I love spiders!!! I want to visit there someday.
                • sooz
                  soozThursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:13 am
                  I think spiders are cool too
                • clover5
                  clover5Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 5:06 am
                  I FEEL SO SORRY FOR THE BRAZILIANS...
                  • clover5
                    clover5Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 5:06 am
                    SPIDERS ARE SO CREEPY!
                    • i love catsFriday, August 30, 2019 at 11:55 am
                      bro honestly there not raining its the most effective way to catch there food