The huge cobwebs that covered a territory in Australia after a storm

The huge cobwebs that covered a territory in Australia after a storm

Huge spider webs that spread across the terrain and cover fields and trees were formed near some cities in Australia recently affected by floods.

Residents of rural Gippsland in Victoria state said the gauze-like veils appeared after Torrential rains fell for several days.

In one area, a spider web covered a stretch of more than a kilometer along a road.

Experts say the veils are created using a survival tactic known as “Arachnid flight” (O balloon), in which spiders throw silk to climb to higher ground.

Ken Walker, chief curator of insects for the Victoria Museums organization, said millions of spiders were likely to have thrown threads into surrounding trees.

“Spiders that live on the ground need to get off the ground very quickly. The silk rises and snags on the vegetation and they can escape,” he said.

This strategy allows the spiders not to die in the water.

This generated large tracts of “gauze” that covered the wetlands between the cities of Sale and Longford.

Carolyn Crossley, a local councilor, said she had gone down to the shore of a lake Monday night to check for flood damage and that the natural phenomenon surprised her.

Crossley commented that he had seen the effect before, but not on such a large scale.

“It wasn’t scary, it was beautiful. Everything was wrapped in this beautiful gauze web, above the trees and fences.” Carolyn told the BBC.

The cloak woven by the spiders appeared in the fields around the cities battered by torrential rains the previous days.
The cloak woven by the spiders appeared in the fields around the cities battered by torrential rains the previous days.

“The sun was setting at the time and the light was beautiful. Just seeing this wave wave across the landscape”.

By his account, the cobweb appeared as a single sheet, riddled with tiny spiders.

The web was not separated into parts, “it was like these spiders had coordinated to make this incredible installation of landscape art or something like that,” he said.

Another local resident, Amanda Traeger, told the BBC that her family had initially thought that spider webs were a roadside web.

“I’ve seen it before, but not as much as this,” she said. “It was absolutely impressive.”

Hundreds of tiny specimens could be seen on the spider web.
Hundreds of tiny specimens could be seen on the spider web.

The delicate network is believed to be will disintegrate by the weekend.

The locals commented that the landscape was something nice to see, especially after the rains of the previous days.

Strong winds and rains hit much of Victoria, causing Flash floods and widespread damage last week.

Two people were found dead in their cars in separate incidents from the flooding.

Authorities described the storm as a catastrophe and hundreds of homes in the state are still without power.

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