Millions of spiders raining down from the sky in Australia

So... that must be the beginning of the apocalypse?

If you already got chills and scratched a little in your hair when you read the headline, we advise you not to read on from this point, dude ..

In 2015 an Australian man named Ian Watson wrote the following message to the community of the Australian city Goulburn:

"Anyone else experiencing ... millions of spiders falling from the sky right now?"


The dear Watson could from his window see how millions of tiny spiders fell from the sky and covered his house, car and property in a blanket of black creeps. He could not even go outside the door - if he finally did, his beard and hair was in a matter of seconds covered in spiders and flying webs.


It sounds at first like a fantasy tale from the very depths of hell, but according to an Australian expert in all sorts of arachnids called Martyn Robinson - this is actually a thing.

The apocalyptic vision of spiders that fall from the air happens because of one of the two following things (whether these techniques belong spiders in general or only Australian spiders is not explained in the news article):

Ballooning

This technique is frequently used by baby spiders, but is also used occasionally by adult species. Spiders are moving up in the tops of trees or other vegetation and throws a silk thread into the air - the thread is then caught by a breeze. In this way, the spider traveles several kilometers by holding the thread - some spiders have been discovered 'flying' at an altitude of 3 kilometers above the ground!

This transport of the spindles is also the reason why there are spiders on all continents. Depending on the life cycle of spider population in the specific area, one can experience a mass migration that results in the event of everything covered in silk thread and spiders.

Yikes!

The Angel Hair Effect

The second effect is very similar to the first, but is not due to breeding - it is instead a response to problems such as flooding and changing water levels. Spiders which are based on the ground or close to the ground utilizes the same silk thread trick to avoid drowning, and if a whole 'neighborhood' of spiders is in need of changing their address, there's no way out but to rise in the sky. Spiders often use each other's silk threads, which can in large quantities create a far-reaching enormous net of spiders.

The incident in Australia is quite harmless, but just annoying and obnoxious as hell.

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