Spiders Overtake Australian City

Posted: 10th March 2012 by Absurd Stories in Animals, Weather

Like a scene out of "Arachnophobia", local spiders have covered in silk an Australian town to reach higher ground.

Major flooding close to the city of Melbourne has taken some 8,000 people from their principle residences last week, but also sent millions of wolf spiders and their silk into local shrubs.
The spiders fleeing have left behind an odd display: a sea of silk – and spiders – covering local farms and trees.
"Everything is silver. It's like snow in the trees …. Everything is silk," said resident Dennis Lane Melbourne ABC Sydney. "Just at the bottom of the hill from my place, the trees are covered with them. There are just all walk out of the water  and….. They were heading my way."
The small wolf spiders, are common and relatively harmless creatures, they can cast a single silk thread to "balloon" themselves over long distances, according to Discovery News. Since millions of them are trying to escape the rising waters, it almost seems that they weave a giant cobweb over the city – but Discovery News notes that previous reports that called them webs are described as inaccurate.