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

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20 Responses to “Spider rain wasn't so strange”

  1. welp, time to burn down the neighborhood. KIDS! GET YOUR STUFF!

  2. 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.

  3. semiotix says:

    “This type of spider is known to be quite social,” she said

  4. legsmalone says:

    Yes. Yes it was so strange.

  5. Sigmund_Jung says:

    I personally prefer the anti-social spiders, thank you very much.

  6. Texas Cable Guy (retired) says:

    Those are electric power wires, not telephone wires.
    http://annsgarden.com/telecom/spiders.jpg

  7. franko says:

    THE HELL YOU SAY

  8. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Can we expect a reunion of The Weather Girls?

  9. dsouto says:

    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

  10. eldritch says:

    Finally! A practical usage for gaseous-fuel flamethrowers!

  11. Sekino says:

    I’m suddenly quite happy with the -20C blizzard in my part of the world. They ain’t flying their little web of yuck my way…

  12. Vanwall Green says:

    Interesting read from H.G. Welles, “The Valley of the Spiders”:

    http://www.online-literature.com/wellshg/21/

  13. scav says:

    Not strange = normal occurrence that could happen any day.

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

  14. moonmoth says:

    Buh, buh , baba , da, da …….Spider Rain , Spider Rain …

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