How is the weather where you are? Too windy? Too wet? Too cold? Well, unless you live in Goulburn, a city in New South Wales, Australia, you don’t have to deal with the very unusual phenomenon of spider rain.
Spiders are “raining” down from the sky and covering the countryside in ghostly gobs of webbing, giving the city an otherworldly look. The phenomenon results from the mass migration of baby spiders floating through the air on silk-like web “balloons.” So yes, in addition to all the webbing, the city is also now home to millions of baby spiders.
Goulburn resident Ian Watson told the Sydney Morning Herald that the area looks as if it had been “taken over by spiders.”
“The whole place was covered in these little black spiderlings and when I looked up at the sun it was like this tunnel of webs going up for a couple of hundred meters into the sky,” he was quoted as saying.
The spider onslaught has understandably been the focus of many social media posts since it began last week.
The Belfast Telegraph newspaper posted a video explaining the spiders’ behavior.
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You might remember it as a plot point from the children’s classic Charlotte’s Web; at the end of the book, the titular spider’s offspring depart using this method, though the book doesn’t go into icky aftermath that Goulburn residents are dealing with.