Baby spiders are falling from the sky in a town in Australia, according to a local media report.
Millions of spiders seemingly dropped from above earlier this month in the town that is about 125 miles southwest of Sydney, the Goulburn Post reported. It quoted a local resident, Ian Watson, who reportedly posted on the Goulburn Community Forum page:
“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, nightmarish as it may be for those who suffer from arachnophobia, 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.
The Crab spider, or Xysticus audax, exhibits behavior prior to ballooning in the video below.
“[The babies] want space to themselves, you got 1,000 brothers and sisters sitting right around you, you’re not going to go close and make a web — there’s too much competition,” Vetter said.
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SOURCE: ABC News, Olivia Smith