Eeeeek! Millions of baby spiders drop from sky in Australian town

Published On May 19, 2015 | By Keri | Middays

If you are afraid of spiders don’t read any further.


Spiders fell from the sky in droves in a town in Australia this week.

But they are BABY spiders so…(yah, you’re right – baby spiders still creep me out)

Millions upon millions of wee little spiders apparently descended from above earlier this month. MILLIONS!

The hair just stood up on the back of your neck didn’t it?  Wait…is that just an itch on my back or…

See? I WARNED YA!!!!

Local resident, Ian Watson, was quoted as saying, “Anyone else experiencing this ‘Angel Hair’ or maybe aka millions of spiders falling from the sky right now? I’m 10 minutes out of town and you can clearly see hundreds of little spiders floating along with their webs and my home is covered in them. Someone call a scientist!”

The scenario however, is entirely plausible, experts said.

“It’s a phenomenal event, but it’s not unprecedented,” said Rick Vetter, a retired research associate of entomology at the University of California, Riverside.

The main reason this happens is because of a dispersal technique called ballooning, Vetter said.

Ballooning occurs after a mother spider lays her eggs and they hatch. Spiders, especially young ones, often release a stream of silk as they jump, and they can be taken with the breeze and carried away. Mass migration can result in a large amount of what’s called gossamer or “Angel Hair,” which is the silk produced by spiders.

Some experts say that once the weather warms, the spiders will disperse (aka skitter away lol)

Click HERE for the full story with pictures because I know you want to see what a blanket of spiders look like, dontcha?

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