Spiders 'Rain' in Brazil

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Spiders 'Rain' in Brazil

 

In January, João Pedro Martinelli Fonseca was traveling with his family to his grandparents’ farm in Espírito Santo do Dourado, southern Brazil, when he noticed the sky was covered with black dots. Stunned and scared, he filmed how hundreds of spiders were falling from the sky. 

Jercina Martinelli, Fonseca’s grandmother said, “There were many more webs and spiders than you can see in the video. We’ve seen this before, always at dusk on days when it’s been really hot.” Although this might be a new sight for some, experts say that the phenomenon is common in the region during hot, humid weather. 

 

Photo Credit: Youtube.com (via Buzznick)

 

This is not the first time this has happened. In 2013, residents of Santo Antônio da Platina in southern Brazil reportedly saw “raining spiders.” According to Buzznick, an online site which aims to deliver the most extraordinary stories from around the world, it appears the spiders fall from the sky. Adalberto dos Santos, a biology professor specializing in arachnology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, said that the insects actually hang from a giant web to catch prey. The spiders nest in a giant ball in the vegetation during the day, while in the evening, they create the giant web ceiling which hangs between trees and bushes. By dawn, the spiders eat the prey they have caught overnight. 

 

Photo Credit: Youtube.com (via Buzznick)

 

Usually, these spiders prey on small insects, but they also catch small birds sometimes. The spiders “raining down” was due to the strong winds that ruined their giant webs. According to The Guardian, a British online site, Dos Santos stated that residents shouldn’t worry about a sky full of spiders. This is because “the venom of this species is not harmful to humans and its bite causes little more discomfort than a red ant bite.” 

Also, the giant web of the spiders helps regulate insects like flies and mosquitoes that come out during the muggy early evenings. “They benefit us far more than they harm us,” he said.

 

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