Spider rain wasn't so strange

Smithsonian looked at the recent startling video of a "spider rain" west of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Thousands of spiders can be seen moving up and down their Webs hanging from telephone wires and floating through the air.

According to biologist Marta Fischer of the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, however, the phenomenon is not so strange. ”This type of spider is known to be quite social,” she said. “They are usually in trees during the day and in the late afternoon and early evening construct sort of giant sheets of webs, in order to trap insects...”

If strong winds come along, the web may detach from its anchors, carrying the spiders and their ruined home to new sites where they appear to “rain down.” Catching rides on the wind–en mass–was likely what happened in Santo Antonio da Platina.

It’s Raining Spiders in Brazil


  1. Best viewed while simultaneously playing the Conlon Nancarrow music two articles below.  Come to think of it, that Conlon Nancarrow music is also good accompaniment for crows playing on cars in the wintertime.

      1.  I don’t think the spiders know the difference between power wires, telephone cables, or tree branches.

  2. Let’s just clarify that didn’t happened in the State of São Paulo or any where near the city on São Paulo, it happend in Santo Antonio da Platina which is locate in Paraná State

  3. Not strange = normal occurrence that could happen any day.

    OK, removing Brazil from my ever-shrinking list of possible holiday destinations. 

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