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How Spiders React to Flooding is Fascinatingly Horrifying

The Guardian

When the floods roll in, the ground critters scamper away. How spiders react to flooding will give you goosebumps.

Recently in Tasmania, the areas has experienced some of the worst flooding seen in 40 years. So how do the spiders react to flooding? Well, they start ‘ballooning.’

As seen in these photos, the spiders take the tree canopy and start building massive web homes that can move between the whole width of a tree or multiple trees. Officials are calling this a “mass ballooning event” that is “the result of tens of thousands of spiders converging” in the trees, forming a thick netting, as reported by The Guardian.

The Guardian
The Guardian

In fact, how these balloons are made is incredible. The spiders release their webs into the air, hoping to snag onto something higher, carried by the wind. It allows them to move quickly from danger and shows how evolved spiders are in their defense mechanisms.

These photos were taken by Tasmania resident Ken Puccetti and noted that in the process of taking the photos, he was covered in small spiders.

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How Spiders React to Flooding is Fascinatingly Horrifying