Why is is Raining Spiders in Australia?

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May 20, 2015

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May 20, 2015


It’s raining spiders in Australia, a phenomena that occurs fairly often. Live Science and NBC News report the “spider rain” is actually¬†spiders that are ballooning, or releasing their silk from a high location. It happens all the time, according to¬†University of Akron biology professor Todd Blackledge, who is quoted in the article. Most people don’t notice the activity because only a few spiders descend at once. In Australia, favorable weather conditions carried what appeared to be millions of spiders through the air. Check out the video here.

 

 

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Diane Sofranec

Diane Sofranec is the senior editor for PMP magazine. She can be reached at dsofranec@northcoastmedia.net or 216-706-3793.

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