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Spiders Invade Australian Countryside

Seeking Refuge From Flooding Waters

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Thousands of spiders have descended upon Wagga Wagga, Australia, seeking refuge from floodwaters. Eerie spider webs resembling snow drifts were reported around the inland city in New South Wales, where 8,000 residents were recently forced from their homes due to flooding.

Entomology collections manager Graham Milledge of the Australian Museum has said the spiders‘ swarming was known as ballooning, and was typical of what spiders do after being forced to flee from floods. “They often do it as a way of dispersing and getting into a new area,” said Milledge, adding that “in an event like this, they are just trying to escape the floods.”

Owen Seeman, arachnid expert at Queensland Museum claims that “what we’ve seen here is a type of wolf spider – They are trying to hide away (from the waters).”

The general consensus on the matter via Twitter seems to be feeling of arachnophobia:

I’m not scared of spiders but that wagga wagga spider photo made my skin crawl(image) 1 day ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Worst nightmare ever! RT @rob_sheridan: Flood causes Australian town to become blanketed in thousands of spiders: http://t.co/hT9UDc0n #NOPE(image) 12 minutes ago via Tweetbot for iOS ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Displaced spiders…. whoa… creepy! http://t.co/TG1n0PLq #NSWFloods(image) 1 day ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Spiders Invade Australian Countryside
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  • curvelyn webb

    the BIBLE SPEAK ABOUT SIGNS WONDERS ST MATTEW CH 24 AND THESE ARE PLAUGE . BECAUSE PEOPLE SAY THE DONOT BELEIVE IN GOD . GO READ IN YOUR BIBLES IF YOU HAVE ONE . THE BIBLE SAYS WHO HAVE EAR LET THEM HEAR AND WHO HAVE EYES LET THEM SEE,,, SO SEE IT FOR YOUR SELF. MAY YOU ALL SEEK GOD AND YOU WILL FIND HIM HE IS RIGHT THE WHEN YOU CALL YOU USE MOUTH AND SHOUT AND WILL EXPERINCE HIM . HE MAKES ALL LIVING THINGS,,, TAKE IT SERIOUS

    • Com Mentor

      Wat dis PLAUGE u speek of?? Bibel,,, u speek of PLAUGE?? Dis gots todo wit da spiders ? Godhavemercy da SPIDERSS! Guyz TAKE IT SERIOUS,,, he used ALL CAPS

      • Tammi

        HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA,

    • amy

      How about it flooded and they went to higher drier land. We don’t need to jump right to plagues.

    • Tammi

      Well my yard is full of red ant beds, plaugue???????????????

  • Justin Garrett

    LOL QUOTING THE BIBLE IS JUST AS EFFECTIVE AS QUOTING THE LORD OF THE RINGS… THEY ARE BOTH FICTION!

    • Rayne

      That’s your opinion.

      • Justin Garrett

        Not just my opinion, it’s a fact. The bible is not a true story. It has several different authors and has been altered and edited over time. It is a story, a fictional account. There is no factual cohesive data that makes the stories in the bible true. Do you really think that there is truth behind a mystical evil force known as original sin that was created when a talking snake convinced a rib-woman to eat the fruit of a magical tree. Or that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who is actually his own father asks for your subserviance so that he may release you from the mystical evil force… Hmm sounds like Lord of the Rings to me… It’s NOT A FACTUAL REFERERNCE FOR ANYTHING.

  • http://Yahoo Essence

    I agree with u Webb God is mad a at them for.some reason and this is their punishment!

    • Tammi

      REALLY, AND YOU KNOW THIS HOW?

  • Tammi

    Really, people once again the world is coming to an end. Its nature the spiders are going to higher ground so they will survive. Stop turning every natural event into the world coming to an end. Be happy, not so doom and gloom.

  • Elsa

    This thread just made my day:) bible <lord of the rings bahaha. Thank you.

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