Monday, March 18, 2013

Spiders in the trees

Following on the earlier story about rats in New York, there is also an example of a flood's effects on spiders in Pakistan. National Geographic has a photograph and here's the original caption:

"An unexpected side effect of the 2010 flooding in parts of Sindh, Pakistan, was that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters; because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water took so long to recede, many trees became cocooned in spiderwebs. People in the area had never seen this phenomenon before, but they also reported that there were fewer mosquitoes than they would have expected, given the amount of standing water that was left. Not being bitten by mosquitoes was one small blessing for people that had lost everything in the floods."

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