You couldn't pay me enough money to get me to stand under that tree!

April 3rd, 2011

The UK's Department for International Development has posted pictures from Sindh in Pakistan of trees cocooned in spiders' webs:

An unexpected side-effect of the flooding in parts of Pakistan has been that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters.

Because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water has taken so long to recede, many trees have become cocooned in spiders webs. People in this part of Sindh have never seen this phenonemon before – but they also report that there are now less mosquitos than they would expect, given the amoungt of stagnant, standing water that is around. [...]

The spiders being up in the trees is one thing, but I wouldn't want to be around when the flood waters recede and the spiders climb down again to return to their old homes.1

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  1. Assuming that they'd ever try to return 'home.' I don't know how spiders react when their nest is destroyed. Given that the locations of their old nests have presumably been submerged for a while would the spiders even try to return to them to build new nests, or will the next few generations of spiders just hang out in the trees until someone or something disturbs their new 'home' and they need to move again?

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