Millions Of Spiders Fall From Sky In Australia, Cover Gardens With Cobwebs

By : Alex Watt |


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Residents of a small town in Australia were stunned when millions of baby spiders were spotted raining from the sky.

People living in the town of Goulburn in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia woke up to find their gardens and homes were covered in a dense layer of cobwebs, teeming with the tiny arachnids.

It sounds like the plot of a horror movie but this is actually a natural event called “angel hair”.

The phenomenon sees spiders climb to the top of vegetation and release a stream of silk which catches on the breeze and carries them on the wind.

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Known as “ballooning”, the makeshift parachutes allow the eight-legged creatures to travel great distances and spiders have reportedly been seen as far as 1,600 km (900 miles) from land.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Museum’s naturalist Martyn Robinson said:

They can literally travel for kilometers, which is why every continent has spiders. Even in Antarctica, they regularly turn up but just die. That’s also why the first land animals to arrive on new islands formed by volcanic activity are usually spiders. You can have entire fields and paddocks and trees festooned with this gossamer or Angel Hair, as some people call it.

After initially being concerned about all the spiders, it now seems as though the Goulburn residents are happily living alongside them, having accepted their new arachnid overlords.


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