When it rains frogs, some may say it is a sign of the apocalypse. But what happens when it rains spiders? Does it mean the end of the world is nigh? Or perhaps it's just the creepiest environmental coincidence that will make arachnophobes fear for their life. Either way, it's raining spiders in south Australia and apparently it's kind of normal.
Residents of the Goulburn region located in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales in Australia were reporting millions of baby spiders raining from the sky but something else less fantastical was happening. One resident said that it looked like they were being invaded by the eight-legged creatures. Homes were covered in the creatures and fields were sprayed with their webs. A resident said it was a beautiful sight, but from the way it sounds, I would be scared out of my mind. Have these people seen Arachnophobia or Eight Legged Freaks? Don't they know what spiders are capable of? And the fact they are falling from the sky and just spraying their silky webs everywhere – that can't be sanitary!
A similar occurance happened in Brazil and was caught on tape. It also looks MORE frightening than how it is described!
According to naturalist Martyn Robinson, this “rain of spiders” is actually quite normal and is linked to two migration techniques. One is called “ballooning” where spiders release a streamer of silk and the breeze catches them making them travel nearly 3 kilometers (almost 2 miles) at a time. The second technique is called the “Angel Hair Effect.” Similar to ballooning, spiders use this during floods. They spray a “snag line” in the air and haul themselves up out of the water once it catches a breeze. Both techniques make the spiders airborne and both techniques leave a massive amount of webbing all over the place.
So it turns out that it's not really raining spiders. It's just a bunch of spiders moving around aimlessly and leaving a bunch of crap behind for everyone else to clean up – like a teenager.
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