Flooded spiders

Here’s an unexpected consequence of flooding: where do the spiders go?

In Pakistan, where a full 20% of the country was underwater, the spiders headed up the trees. And since the floodwaters did not recede quickly, those trees were eventually cocooned in webs. Spiders gotta eat.

tree webs

Wired UK has a gallery of half a dozen photos of these ghostly, cocooned trees — along with an observation for how this massive concentration of spiders may benefit the humans devastated by these floods:

The UK’s department for international development reports that areas where the spiders have scaled the trees have seen far fewer malaria-spreading mosquitos than might be expected, given the prevalence of stagnant, standing water.

Looking at those webs, I’m surprised there are any flying insects at all. The food competition amongst those spiders must be intense.

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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One Response to Flooded spiders

  1. Astrid says:

    OMG – I don’t particularly like spiders. And I really wouldn’t like to stand under such a tree. But they really are clever little buggers, aren’t they?

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