24 Nov '15, 3pm

Thousands of spiders terrorize Memphis neighborhood with half-mile web

Thousands of spiders terrorize Memphis neighborhood with half-mile web

Steve Reichling, a Memphis Zoo curator, suspects there is nothing amiss, however. The species are likely sheetweb spiders, a harmless species known for suddenly engaging in a mass dispersal event. The cause may be unknown to us, but the spiders are deciding to leave the area for their own reasons, creating sheets of web to carry them through the air by “ballooning.” Reichling is confident this spectacle is a natural event in the arachnid world. He said, “The presence of these spiders tells us that all is well with nature at that location.”

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