Hordes of Wolf Spiders Cover Fields, Fences in Wagga Wagga, Australia in Webs Following Floods

Flood waters in eastern Australia have forced both residents and spiders to move. 8,000 residents of Wagga Wagga had to relocate because of flood waters. Hordes of wolf spiders, which normally live underground, have moved to higher ground in Wagga Wagga. Some of the spiders are also orb weavers. The spider webs cover the grass and fences in Wagga Wagga. A photo here shows parts of Wagga Wagga covered in spider webs. The behavior, known as ballooning, is something spiders do to escape floodwaters. In this particular case, the spider population also seems to be exploding following the floods. Take a look:





(via Time)

Posted on March 8, 2012

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