Ewww! I’ll take the snow over this..

March 8th, 2012 at 10:19 am by under Weather

It’s not snow blanketing this Australian farm..it’s spiderwebs!!
 
Recent flooding has forced more than 8,000 residents from their homes in the city of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales.
 
Exit humans, enter wolf spiders.
 
As you can see in the picture, spiderwebs are completely covering this field.  Believe it or not, there is a term for this phenomenon – it’s called “ballooning”.  It’s typical behavior for spiders that are trying to escape from rising water.
 
Even though this looks messy and gross to those who don’t like spiders (myself included), these wolf spiders are actually being helpful!  They are eating all the mosquitoes and other insects  that have boomed with the increased moisture brought on by the rising flood waters. 
 
Lucky for the residents of Wagga Wagga, these wolf spiders will likely return to their natural underground habitat once the flood waters recede.
 
But again, I’ll take the snow over the spiderwebs.  (You ever seen a wolf spider??  They’re pretty big..not exactly your typical house spider..)
 
-Meteorologist Ashley Baylor

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