September 21, 2020

Spiders coat entire field in glistening, terrifying ‘bum parachute’ webs


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BY JOHNNY LIEU From Mashable

If the sight of spiders freaks you out, well, just cast your eyes on this massive 30-metre (30 yard) cobweb that was found by and her daughter on a field in Tauranga, on Sunday.

“We were down below the newly-made tsunami evacuation mound on our local football field and there was a bright glistening coming from the top of the mound — it looked almost like the hill was sparkling but we were unsure why,” Maris told Storyful.

“So my 10-year-old daughter and I raced up to look and were shocked to learn it was all spider web. Kind of yuck, but really beautiful at the same time. I was amazed being up on top of the mound seeing how far it stretched for.”

The phenomenon, often called “spider bum parachutes” is a result of spiders seeking higher ground from floodwaters, by casting a large thread of silk from their bodies to — you guessed it — use as a parachute.

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