Many Brazilian spiders, video

writes on Huffington Post in the USA on this video:

Raining Spiders In Brazil? Video Appears To Show Numerous Arachnids Dangling

Posted: 02/08/2013 7:57 pm EST | Updated: 02/09/2013 10:31 am EST

Arachnophobes would be wise to steer clear of Santo Antônio da Platina in Brazil.

According to a video uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 7, spiders appear have taken to dangling from the city’s electric lines and other surfaces.

These seem to be fairly large critters, too, plainly visible when the camera is zoomed all the way out, with a rough approximation of size given by nearby transformers on the electric poles.

It isn’t immediately clear why these spiders are congregating in such a manner, but it’s worth noting several species of arachnid cooperate in colonies and weave (ahem) fairly extensive social networks.

11 thoughts on “Many Brazilian spiders, video

  1. I saw this on FB yesterday and read the aritcle. I’m going with the “sheet webbing” theory since there are several types of spider that do that.

    I’m still glad I’m not there though!


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