If you suffer from a touch of the arachnophobia, avoid Dallas, Texas at all costs. The neighborhood of Lakeside Park has become home to a canopy of spiderwebs that cover the trees, stretching forty feet into the air and as long as a football field. And these webs aren’t abandoned – they are packed full of thousands of spiders working together to catch their prey.
Spiders normally work alone, but every once in a while, as is the case here, spiders will work together to benefit the group. Researchers think that it is likely the work of arachnids from the Tetragnathida family. It isn’t the first time that Texas has been host to such massive webs, but it is a fairly rare occurrence.
Fortunately, except for the mental anguish it may cause some people, the webs and spiders are harmless. It’s also an exciting discovery for scientists. “Arachnologists had previously noted that this species is known to build communal nests when conditions are right,” he said. “But it is rare to see them building such large nests in the U.S. Spider experts have indicated that those ‘right conditions’ appear to include a glut of small insects like midges that emerge at night from lakes. Without lots of food, these communal webs just don’t seem to form,” said Mike Merchant at Texas A&M.
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