A few months ago, entire pages of news were filled with images displaying some remote territories of Australia that had been taken over by millions of spiders building extended webs, in order to better cross distances and face harsh life conditions in the area. Spiders united strike back, as thousands of little creatures are now joining forces to build extremely tall webs to cover trees.
Depending on the perspective, this could sound like a fantastic movie where the surroundings are created by little animals who spread translucent meshes over dull landscapes or it could be pictured like a horror movie where wild life gathers forces to take over humanity. Well, there’s a safe place for all the creatures in the world, the earth still has room for each and every one of us, so we’d better stick to the bright side.
Visitors who have plan a short trip along CA Roan Drive, a tree lined stretch of road in the Dallas suburb, will notice giant “glistering webs, draping the trees like shrouds”. The curtains of webs can be seen with the naked eye and admired or watched with fear and reserve.
The webs extend up to 40 feet and are inhabited by thousands of little spiders who gathered together in a common effort. According to experts and observers, the phenomenon is very rare but not unprecedented. Back in 2007, more than 3.500 curious passersby gathered together to see an enormous spider web in Lake Tawakoni State park, 35 miles away from Rowlett.
“It was something five times as big as what you’d see on a Hollywood set”, visitors to the site declared.
The giant spider web that presently covers the trees in Dallas is as large as a football field. Fortunately, the little creatures that have spread their webs near the surroundings pose no risk to the citizens who live in the area. Scientists note that generally, spiders who live in communal colonies don’t usually tend to harm humans.
Giant spider webs invade the Dallas suburbs to change the surroundings a bit and offer a new perspective over the urban landscapes. The exact identity of the huge web tailors is still unknown but some report that the species could be part of the Tetragnathidae family.
Reality beats imagination and Hollywood settings, as nature surprises us in its variety. “There is a surreal quality to the extensive webbing covering these trees”, observers declare.
Image Source: sciencedaily.com