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Raining Spiders and Crawling Webs in Australia

We all know it can rain cats and dogs at times, but residents in Goulburn, Australia can now say it was raining spiders.

What does one do when it’s clearly the end of the world and spiders are taking over? Well, take to the internet of course. When Goulburn resident Ian Watson’s home became covered in spiders he took to Facebook and asked “Anyone else experiencing … millions of spiders falling from the sky right now?”

In fact, many residents from the town were experiencing the same phenomenon. 

In the Southern Tablelands of Australia in early May 2015, millions of spiders took to the air to find new homes in what was most likely a great spider migration. The most common technique spiders use to travel through the air is called ballooning.

It is often used by baby spiders but can be used by adults too. They shoot a streamer of silk into the air to catch the breeze and they are off. 

Watson’s best summary of the experience was when he reportedly said, “It was beautiful. But at the same time I was annoyed because … you couldn’t go out without getting spider webs on you. And I’ve got a beard as well, so they kept getting in my beard.”

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Raining Spiders and Crawling Webs in Australia