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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  • mochifan210
    mochifan210Monday, May 10, 2021 at 2:45 pm
    The fact that there are more and It is CREEPY
    • dream_beyond
      dream_beyondMonday, March 15, 2021 at 8:46 am
      Ahh!! I dont want that to happen where I live. EVER!
      • bsc
        bscMonday, March 15, 2021 at 8:24 am
        AHHH! I do not like spiders at all. They give me the heebie-jeebies. *shudders*
        • wolfieland
          wolfielandMonday, March 15, 2021 at 7:59 am
          I hate spiders 😖 there was a spiders nest in my friends basement
          • gold3nglare
            gold3nglareTuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7:53 am
            EWWW! I would totally freak out if that happened in my area.
            • helen0916
              helen0916Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:34 am
              OMG! How is that possible?!
              • sami_playz
                sami_playzTuesday, February 9, 2021 at 10:37 am
                For me this is a nightmare because I have arachnaphobia 😬
                • pineapple_girl6
                  pineapple_girl6Monday, March 15, 2021 at 10:38 am
                  same!!! every night before i go to bed i check under the covers for spiders O.o
                • fox1568
                  fox1568Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 12:06 pm
                  omg
                  • ninjja
                    ninjjaWednesday, August 19, 2020 at 7:46 am
                    i think spiders are awesome like the sydney funnel web spider, and the trapdoor spider
                    • happygymnast
                      happygymnastWednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10:10 am
                      i think they r cute