WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- It is the worst nightmare for people with arachnophobia — hundreds of spiders which appear to be “raining from the sky.”
- The skin-crawling moment was captured on video by a teenager who saw the phenomenon at his grandparents’ farm in Espírito Santo do Dourado, Brazil.
- According to experts, the event is common to the area during hot and humid days — spiders form a huge, shared canopy-like web to catch prey, making them look like they are floating on air.
A creepy video, showing hundreds of spiders looking like they are falling from the skies like rain, has emerged and is now going viral on the internet.
The footage, filmed in Brazil, shows spiders “floating” in the air with locals describing the phenomenon the sky “raining with spiders”.
The video was captured by João Pedro Martinelli Fonseca at his grandparents’ farm in Espírito Santo do Dourado, about 250km northeast of São Paulo. He told a local newspaper he first noticed that the sky was covered with black dots. When he realized that the “dots” were spiders, he was “stunned and scared.”
Fonseca’s grandmother, Jercina Martinelli, said “There were many more webs and spiders than you can see in the video. We’ve seen this before, always at dusk on days when it’s been really hot.”
Experts say that this phenomenon is not strange as arachnids do this stunt during hot and humid weather, it is actually a typical event.
Though the eight-legged creatures appear to be falling from the sky, they are actually moving about a giant canopy-like web, according to Adalberto dos Santos, a biology professor specializing in arachnology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He added that the venom of this species is not harmful to humans.
The species on the footage is called parawixia bistriata. They are “social” spiders that share web to catch prey. They build a huge web, so fine that it is almost not visible to the human eye, giving the illusion that the spiders are floating on air.
Dos Santos said that the spiders stay in a giant ball in the vegetation during the day and come out in the early evening to build the huge web ceiling. Each web can measure up to four meters wide and three meters thick, he added.
The spiders feast on preys they have caught at dawn then return to the vegetation at daytime.
Source: The Guardian