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‘Raining spiders’: Airborne arachnids appear over south-eastern Brazil



  While spiders seem to float, they are actually suspended in a gigantic common network.

While spiders seem to float, they are actually suspended in a gigantic common network.

The high temperatures in Brazil have caused a natural phenomenon that is the substance of nightmares for arachnophobes.

Residents in a rural area of ​​the state of Minas Gerais have shared photos and videos of covered skies "it's raining spiders"

Joāo Pedro Martinelli Fonseca, who filmed the event, told a local newspaper that he was "stunned and frightened" when he saw thousands of blackheads in the sky.

While spiders appear to float, they are actually suspended in a giant net. The species, parawixia bistriata, is a rare "social" spider and the network of the community it builds is almost impossible to see for the human eye.

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During the day, spiders nest together in the vegetation, emerging in the evening to build a giant "ceiling" of network – up to four meters wide and three meters thick – between trees and bushes. Spiders feast on their prey in the morning before retiring to the undergrowth.

While dramatic, the phenomenon is not uncommon in the region during periods of hot and humid weather. He also made international titles first; In 2013, residents of Santo Antonio da Platina, in southern Brazil, reported "raining spiders" around telephone polls.

The prey of spiders consists mainly of insects – although they sometimes catch small birds. And while they are deadly for flies and mosquitoes, they do not pose a threat to humans: their venom is not toxic and their bite causes only slight discomfort.


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