Spiders attempt a white Christmas

It’s not exactly Christmas, but a blanket of white has covered some parts of dry land in the flooded district of Wagga Wagga in Victoria southern New South Wales [oops, thanks for the correction, Martin – still, it’s not as bad as me situating British Columbia in the USA on another blog]. It’s been reported in New Scientist here that spiders escaping from floodwaters have build massive webs covering entire fields.

It’s a sensible survival response by these spiders in an area that has just recorded its highest rainfall on record. I can’t tell what species they are, but it would be interesting to know. They don’t look like orb-weavers, so maybe they are species that line burrows (now drowned) with silk. The birds must be having a field day, literally.

And remember the words of the song:

Don’t call Wagga Wagga Wagga

Calling Wagga Wagga Wagga is wrong!

6 thoughts on “Spiders attempt a white Christmas

    • Thanks, Denis. Hope y’all are keeping dry down there. Luckily we’ve missed major rain up here (again), although we did get 36 mL in 20 minutes in a spectacular light-and-sound show. Lismore frequently experiences floods, but it seems the weather patterns have shifted so that the folks north of us and south of us are getting the floods instead.
      Your advice to never enter flood waters (by foot or car) is wise. It’s not worth the risk – there may be an unseen pothole or causeway washed away, or the waters may be running too fast, or a log may be pushed towards you unexpectedly. Fast-flowing water is very heavy and has a lot of force behind it.
      “Mythbusters” did a show on getting out of a car when it’s under water, and it was the most frightening I’ve ever seen. Your chances are slim unless you do exactly the right thing – sit tight until the car fills up inside, then you can open the door or window (unless the car has electronic opening windows, in which case they won’t open) and swim out. The pressure of the water on the door won’t allow you to open it until the interior of the car is filled up. With disorientation and fear (especially if the car is upside-down), the odds are against you. If you get out, then you are faced with the fast-flowing water. It’s not worth the risk.

    • Hi Martin,
      up here we’ve seen arachnids and insects cluster together on floating objects in huge numbers after a flood. Perhaps they call a truce, as it were, and don’t eat each other in such circumstances. Hope Queanbeyan is drying out.
      By the way, for US readers – Victorians are sometimes called “Mexicans” here as they are “south of the border” – the NSW/Vic border, that is.

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