Millions Of Spiders Weave A Giant Spiderweb In Tennessee Suburb

Posted: Nov 23 2015, 7:59pm CST | by , Updated: Nov 23 2015, 8:45pm CST, in News | Latest Science News


Millions of Spiders Weave a Giant Spiderweb in Tennessee Suburb
Courtesy of WMC Action News 5

The giant blanket of spider web is almost half-mile long and looks like a scene out of horror movie.

It looks like a scene out of ‘Arachnophobia’ or ‘Kingdom of the Spiders’ but no it’s not.

Millions of spiders have taken over the suburb of Tennessee and has woven a giant blanket of spider web on grass almost half-mile long.

The tiny spiders are all over the place. They are crawling over windows and doors and frightening the residents. 

“I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s like a horror movie. Never seen nothing like this before,” resident named Frances Ward told WMC Action News 5. “They’re in the air, flying everywhere. They all on the house, on the side of the windows.” 

This eight-legged creature is a nightmare for residents and they desperately want authorities to take some action and to get rid of the spiders.

“Clean this area up and spray for these spiders and make it safe,” said Ida Morris. “There are kids running around. A spider could bit the kids or anything.”

Is the presence of spiders a really bad thing and are residents rightly worried about them?

Experts say that this is a quite common thing in spiders and it is kind of a ‘ballooning event' where young spiders start to move around and make their way in the world. These spiders may be there for a while but might have gone unnoticed.

“It could be juveniles – millions – in a big emergence event, or adults of a tiny species – probably a sheet web spider – leaving for some reason possibly knowable only to them,” said Memphis Zoo curator Steve Reichling. “

“In fields and meadows, there are often literally millions of spiders doing their thing, unseen and unappreciated by us. I would not want to live in a world where such things were no longer possible. The presence of these spiders tells us that all is well with nature at that location.”

Susan Riechart, a professor at University of Tennessee suggests that these spiders are totally harmless. Their mouths are too small to pierce skin and to bit though she could not identify exactly what species they belong to.

There are around 4,300 known species of spiders that can build large webs close to the ground. These webs are not sticky like the other normal spiders create and use them to capture the prey.

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