Do you know what's more terrifying than the spiders crawling in your house in the middle of the night? Spiders in scary skies man.
The Guardian on Friday reported recent reports of such an event in Brazil, where people would have declared that "it was raining spiders". A video recently shared on Facebook of The phenomenon in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais seems to show hundreds of spiders suspended in the air, as something that has unveiled your worst arachnid nightmares.
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However terrifying, this is evidently something that is common to the species parawixia bistriata and occurs during the hottest and humid periods of the year, according to the Guardian, citing the professor and specialist of Arachnology of the Federal University of Minas Gerais Adalberto Santos. These arachnids are social creatures that apparently come together to create a huge network that they use to capture food. Regarding the reports of "flying" spiders, which may be the result of a behavior referred to as ballooning, Terra do Mandu reported
Some spiders they use hot air balloon to catch gusts of wind and sail in the skies; observing teeny, very small crab spiders, this is actually quite scary (even though their presence in the skies is, you know, not). And the reader, while I am very sorry to say it, these are not the only spiders that "fly". In reality, these creatures are quite enterprising; spiders can even surf for the love of God.
Speaking with Gizmodo of the flying spider crabs last year, Cheryl Hayashi, a spider biologist at the American Museum of Natural History, said that witnessing this phenomenon "gives you a deeper appreciation for how spiders have evolved to accomplish this feat – they are literally sailing in the air."
Despite the incredible evolutionary success, none of us he would be forgiven for being chased by spiders suspended in the air.
[Terra do Mandu via The Guardian]