This video has been making the geek rounds, and it has definitely put Santo Antônio da Platina, Brazil, on my Must Visit list.
It’s home to a colony of spiders called Anelosimus eximius, which have an unusual feeding behavior. After hanging out in trees all day, they come out in the evening to spin a web. Each web is joined to the next one, resulting in a virtual sheet of webbing dotted with spiders. They combine their efforts to catch flying insects.
I have never heard of cooperative group feeding in spiders before — at least, not spiders that weren’t family units. This is beyond cool. But it’s really not for the arachnophobes.
(Note: the title of the video means “Raining Spiders.” It shows nicely in full screen, if you dare.)
Via The Loop, where the first comment cracked me up:
[-does a google search for distance between his house and Santo Antônio da Platina-]
Answer: 4,720 miles
[-breathes sigh of relief-]