connectVideo’Raining spiders’ in Brazil
s of a cloudy sky in the southeast of Brazil are painted with small black dots — and no, it has nothing to do with birds.
Residents in the inland state of Minas Gerais recently reported seeing thousands of “raining spiders.” The eight-legged critters appeared to fall, although they were actually only but crawling on a giant sticky web they created to catch prey.
João Pedro Martinelli Fonseca, a 14-year-old witnessed the “strange” phenomenon during a visit to family in the area, reportedly told a local newspaper that he was “shocked and scared” by the eyes, especially when at least one spider fell to the ground. He captured the bizarre scene on video, which garnered almost 40,000 views on Facebook after it was posted on Jan. 4.
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“There were many more webs and spiders than you can see in the video. We’ve seen this before, always in the dusk on days when it’s really hot,” the teenager’s grandfather and grandmother, Jercina Martinelli, told Terra do Mandu (according to a translation by The Guardian.
But do not panic.
Adalberto dos Santos, a professor in the zoology department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, told The Guardian that some species identified as parawixia bistriata — no venom that is harmful to humans. And the web, which is spun so thin it almost seems invisible, is simply used to trap food.
It is possible, also the huge nests can be used for mating, which is a common occurrence in warm or damp weather. It is currently summer in Brazil, if it is in the Southern Hemisphere experiences seasons opposite of the Northern Hemisphere.
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This scene may look familiar.
In September, the inhabitants of a small town in the west of Greece snapped photos of a 1000 meter long spider web that stretched over a local lagoon. Thousands of spiders were also seen clinging to webs with respect to the side of an Arkansas highway in November. Arkansas native Zach Riggs stopped to take pictures and videos of the shocking scene.
Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University of Thrace, previously told Newsit high temperatures make the perfect climate for it reproduction.
“It is as if the spiders take advantage of these conditions and have a kind of a party. They mate, they reproduce, and care for a whole new generation,” Chatzaki told the Greek news site, according to a translation by the BBC.
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But when the spiders are done mating, they don’t tend to stick around long.
“There are huge numbers of male and female spiders mating [the webs],” Chatzaki added. ‘The spiders have their party and will soon die.”