We’ll just say that again: It’s raining spiders in Brazil. (We’d go on to say “arachnophobes, stop reading now,” but realistically that’s unnecessary, as it’s hard to read Grist List while you’re in a fetal position under your desk with your eyes squeezed shut.)
You can see it for yourself, if you can handle the creeping shivers that will run down your spine:
Spiders like these live in colonies of thousands. THOUSANDS. And they make gigantic webs — webs more than nine feet in diameter. NINE FEET.
That’s what you’re seeing here: several thousand spiders and their incredibly large web, from which many of them are falling onto the ground.
Apparently, it’s pretty normal for this to happen with this type of spider, if “normal” is truly a word you can apply here.
But, yah. We’re glad it doesn’t happen anywhere near us. One spider at a time is all we can deal with.
Meanwhile, in Brazil, spiders have taken over an entire town, Washington Post.