Parts of a cloudy sky in southeastern Brazil are painted with tiny black dots – and no, it has nothing to do with birds.
The residents of Minas Gerais, inland, have recently seen thousands of "rain spiders". The eight-legged creatures seemed to be falling, even though they were simply crawling on a giant sticky web created to capture prey.
João Pedro Martinelli Fonseca, 14, witnessed this "strange" phenomenon as he visited family in the area. He reportedly told a local newspaper that he was "stunned and scared" by the sight, especially when at least one spider fell to the ground. . He captured the weird video scene, which was viewed nearly 40,000 times on Facebook after it was posted on January 4th.
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"There were a lot more canvases and spiders than you can see in the video, we've seen it, always at twilight on hot days," said the grandfather. mother of teenage girl, Jercina Martinelli, in Terra do Mandu. translation of The Guardian.
But do not panic for the moment.
Adalberto dos Santos, a professor in the Department of Zoology of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, told the Guardian that this species – identified as parawixia bistriata – does not have any venom that could harm humans. And the web, so spun that it seems almost invisible, just serves to trap food.
It is also possible that massive nests are used for mating, which is common when hot or humid weather arrives. It is currently summer in Brazil, as it is the case in the southern hemisphere and where the seasons are opposite to the northern hemisphere.
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This scene may seem familiar.
In September, residents of a city in western Greece took pictures of a 1000-foot spider web that sprawled in a local lagoon. . Thousands of spiders were also observed hanging on canvases over the edge of an Arkansas highway in November. Zach Riggs, a native of Arkansas, has stopped to take pictures and videos of the shocking scene.
Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at the Democritus University of Thrace, has already told Newsit that high temperatures create an ideal climate for breeding.
"It's as if spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and organizing a kind of party, they are mating, they are breeding and providing a new generation," Chatzaki told the Greek news website, according to a translation of the BBC.
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But when the spiders have finished mating, they do not tend to stay long.
"There are a large number of male and female spider mating [underneath the webs]Chatzaki added, "The spiders will have their party and will die soon."