Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Wagga Wagga Spider Invasion


If you're arachnophobic, yayy ! stop reading and look away now. If you're not, or we've piqued your curiosity then carry on.

Floods in the Wagga Wagga region of Australia in March 2012 were devastating, displacing more than 13,000 people, but people are not all that were displaced. Thousands upon thousands of spiders were also displaced from their underground homes.

Large amounts of the Wagga Wagga area bush land were covered in webs, and entomologist Robert Matthews has stated that the webs are likely "a dispersal mechanism that allows [spiders] to move out of places where they'd surely be drowned", he is also noted as saying that the large amounts of silk also act as a kind of trampoline that can support the vast quantities of spiders whilst they are fleeing rising flood waters.

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