Giant Spider Webs Are Taking Over Trees In Texas

Posted: Aug 10 2015, 10:01am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 10 2015, 10:12am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Giant Spider Webs are Taking Over Trees in Texas
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  • Giant Spider Webs are taking over the trees in Texas town!

A stretch of road through the Dallas suburb of Rowlett has been engulfed in spider webs.

A small town in Texas now resembles something out of a horror movie. The town lies in the Dallas suburb of Rowlett. A 100 metre stretch of road in the town has been completely engulfed in spider webs. 

Spiders invaded the small town and produced giant webs over the trees. The trees some even 12 metre tall are completely blanketed by the webs. According to Mike Merchant an entomologist the spiders have taken over. Merchant called the webs similar to art by nature. 

The spider web has stretched to almost 40 feet in the trees. On a closer look thousands of tiny spiders can be seen on the web. The experts have already accessed the situation. The experts shared the web has a glistening quality. Other sight seers claim the web gives the countryside a surreal quality. 

“CA Roan Drive is a quiet stretch of road running through Lakeside Park South in the Dallas suburb of Rowlett,” stated Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service urban entomologist Mike Merchant, in a piece featured in the university's AgriLife Today. “But in the trees along a football field-length stretch of the drive, the spiders have been taking over.”

Merchant said “glistening webs are draping the trees like shrouds at Lakeside Park,” near Lake Ray Hubbard.

“Someone stepping off the road for a closer look will see thousands of lanky spiders darting among the webs that extend up to 40 feet into the trees,” he said. “There is a surreal quality to the extensive webbing covering these trees.”

This is not the first time spiders have enclosed some terrain with their webs. Earlier in the year spiders invaded a town in Australia. The phenomenon is called Spider Rain or Angel Hair. It has been seen around the world in different places but is rare.

The phenomenon is supposedly carried out by the spider species Tetragnatha guatemalensis. The spiders build large webs in collaboration with each other when the habitat is to their liking. A similar incident took place in the US in 2007.

A point near Lake Tawakoni was submerged in spider webs. The spiders are suggested to be harmless to each other. The Tetragnatha guatemalensis spiders work in unity without any aggressive behaviour. They do not bite or hurt even human beings. 

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