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Spiderweb Fields

Recent floods in Australia meant spiders had no way to survive…or did they? They weaved their webs into intricate networks so they could avoid getting drowned.

Spiderweb Fields

There were really bad floods in Australia recently, so mass exoduses occurred in loads of towns. Places that were usually full of life were ghost towns, basically. A bit like Chernobyl. Apart from the reason wasn’t a nuclear explosion, it was water.

The floods stopped and people started to go back to their homes, hopeful that there wouldn’t be too much damage. However, when residents of an awesomely named place called Wagga Wagga returned home, they were greeted by something that no-one could have expected. Not even Mystic Meg.

The fields there had been transformed into blankets of white. No, it wasn’t snow. It’s something that is a bit of a phenomenon. It was cobwebs. Thousand of spiders had weaved their webs together so they could avoid getting drowned by the floods, and the webs had gotten so big they’d literally taken over the fields. The people were greeted by waves of webs, rather than waves of water. Suppose it’s safer. If you’ve got a phobia of spiders, though, you’d be useless wouldn’t you?

An expert has said that the spiders’ behaviour is known as ballooning and that they do it as a way of dispersing and getting into a new area, but in an instance like this, they’re trying to escape the floods. Obviously.

Even though some of the spiders must have died, they did it for the future of their species and are probably some sort of war-heroes right now. Here’s another picture for you.

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