Okay, this might sound like something from a movie at first. But, unfortunately, it’s NOT!
Just recently, the residents of Goulburn, a small town in Australia’s Southern Tablelands were spooked to discover their properties being blanketed by millions of tiny spiders and mounds of their silky threads. The spiders had apparently rained down from the sky, silken thread and all, a phenomenon known as “Angel Rain”.
Anyone else experiencing this Angel Hair or maybe aka millions of spiders falling from the sky right now? I’m 10 minutes out of town, and you can clearly see hundreds of little spiders floating along with their webs and my home is covered in them. Someone call a scientist!” according to resident Ian Watson.
However, experts have said that arachnid rains are actually a natural phenomenon, and not as strange as we thought. It is referred to as ‘spider rain’ or ‘angel hair’ in scientific circles, and is actually a form of spider transportation called ‘Ballooning’.
More so, ballooning is a not a bizarre behavior of many spiders. They climb some high area and stick their butts up in the air and release silk. Then they just take off. It’s understandable that spiders ballooning are mostly gone unnoticed, because they’re not always doing it at the same time and in the same place.
What happened in the Southern Tablelands is that millions of spiders started ballooning at once, that would of course creep out residents.
When the ground gets waterlogged, the spiders that live either on the surface of the ground or in the burrows in the ground, come up into the foliage to avoid drowning,” said Australian naturalist Martyn Robinson.
These ground spiders also throw silk ‘snag lines’ up into the air, and when they catch, use the lines to come up from the ground to avoid drowning.
You end up with thick silk roads, criss-crossing finer silk lines to to produce this interwoven shroud. There’s nothing to worry about. They’ll all disperse once the weather conditions warm up,” said Robinson.