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Monday, February 6, 2012

The Spiders That Ate Ulmarra


After a big flood a very strange event occurs in the swamps and lagoons of the Lower Clarence, the appearance of billions of small brown spiders. Getting up close is not an event for the squeamish or arachnophobics as the ground is a moving sea of the little buggers.
They climb anything with height and then float off into the sky with their gossamer threads an airborne device. It doesn't photograph very well but everywhere you looked high into the sky there were thin wisps of spider silk. But of course what goes up must come down, so as you walk along webs are landing all about. The car looked like we had driven through a silk factory!


It is an extraordinary scene to pass kilometre after kilometre of spider web over everything.


It is one of those strange natural phenomena that make our world so interesting.

This is my contribution to Our World Tuesday.

16 comments:

  1. Wow, that is something I have never seen before.

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  2. Very interesting, and great you saw it, I haven't seen anything like it either.

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  3. so glad you shared this, I have never seen anything like it.

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  4. Wow, that's almost unbelievable! Except your photos prove it... give me a bit of the shivers though!

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  5. That's really weird, it looks like someone has put a net across it. Don't think I could cope with all those spiders.

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  6. World interesting, yeh right. Glad I am not camping there.
    Keith.
    http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/

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  7. Now see this one of the things that I enjoy the most about blogging, you find out the most fascinating things every day.. what a truly amazing happening Mark, and thank you for braving the mass of spiders to take these shots for us to see, because seeing really is believing. Definitely way up there in the most unusual I've seen in a while!

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  8. How very strange! Thanks for showing your photos because that is as close as I would ever get to this spider-land.

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  9. That is totally amazing! And, like the others, I'm glad I can see them in your great captures and not "meet" them in person! Terrific post for the day, Mark!!

    Sylvia

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  10. Wow! I thought we had it bad in our garden this year with lots of spiders and webs, but this is amazing.

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  11. awesome !

    thank you for sharing such unique sight. please have a good tuesday.

    daily athens photo

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  12. Oh wow, this is very interesting.

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  13. This is a terrific post. I remember last year bloggers in Victoria reporting that there were webs in the sky. It was after their floods so perhaps they have spiders like that down there too ... spiders needing to hang their clothes out to dry.

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  14. Hi there - what a great set of pictures – it’s clear that the spiders have been very busy!

    Stewart M - Australia

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  15. A little creepy, but what great captures. Unique. Thanks for sharing. (Came here from Our World Tuesday).

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  16. I am not afraid of spiders but with this picture it gives me a creek and goose bumps. beautiful shot though and very clear

    Our World Tuesday | New York City

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