Thousands of spiders covered Australian farm after fleeing flood
It appears to be snow is actually thousands of normally solitary wolf spiders have covered an Australian farm after escaping from rising flood. The flooding has enforced over eight thousands Australian human residents from their houses in the city of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales. But for the time being displaced person, it appears plentiful spiders have moved in to fill the emptiness. This is a type of wolf spiders and they are trying to hide away from the flooding waters. This is a term for the phenomenon, “ballooning,” and that it is usual behavior of wolf spiders forced to fleeing rising waters and experts on the hunt for ballooning spiders from the safety of a hot air balloon.
A dog carelessly strolls through the ballooning wolf spider webs thankfully for local inhabitants, the occupying arachnids are not likely to set up stable residence, a la the 1977 William Shatner clunker “Kingdom of the Spiders.” Weather condition says the flood waters in Wagga Wagga have started moving back, indicating that local inhabitants will soon be returning to their houses and the spiders will also be returning to their normal underground habitats. And it turns out the spiders are in fact doing quite a bit of fine while setting up shop above ground. The wolf spiders are eating mosquitoes and other insect populations that have boomed with the improved moisture brought about by the surging waters. The number of mosquitoes around would be unbelievable because of all this flooding water. The spiders don’t pose any damage at all and they are doing us a favor and actually helping us out.
As wonderful as this display may be, it’s not the first time photographers have captured immense natural displaced spider migrations. In 2011, one of the most famous pictures, showed millions of spiders and other insects in Pakistan that had formed huge web clusters in trees to get away rising floodwaters.
Originally posted 2012-03-08 16:41:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter