March 23, 2012

"Thousands of spiders were fleeing the rising waters, many of them trailing behind massive amounts of dragline silk."

"The webs tangled over weeds, trees, fences, and fields, creating a surreal and eerie landscape crawling with arachnids. Residents reportedly complained of being unable to walk in certain areas without swarms of little spiders crawling up their legs, seeking higher ground."

Photos.

19 comments:

Deb said...

Immediately thought of this cheesy 1977 William Shatner movie.

kcom said...

Very odd. What's the point and where did all that volume come from?

pm317 said...

This happened in another Southeast Asian country when they had floods (or was it after the 2006 earthquake and tsunami?)

edutcher said...

First duty is save the kids.

EDH said...

I'm uncomfortable with any hint of...

Anachrophobia.

You're intruding on what's mine
And you're taking up my time
Don't have the courage inside me
To tell you please let me be
Communication, an arachnid invasion
I'm planning my escape...

Sorry I'm not home right now
I'm walking in the spiderwebs
So leave a message
And I'll call you back

A likely story
But leave a message
And I'll call you back

traditionalguy said...

The theme for today has been swarms:

swarms of lawsuits to be dismissed , of spiders to be stepped on, of micro quakes to be listened to, of sperms to be controlled, of penis art to be seen, of lone wolf terrorists to be feared, and swarms of Orwell quotes used in a nauseous way.

Wisconsin's last shot 1 point loss to a swarming Ohio State team last night made every thing today feel so bad that vomiting is the only answer.

Freeman Hunt said...

Ugh! I wonder if that house was full of spiders.

Would you rather have your house flooded with spiders or flooded with water? I don't think the answer is obvious.

(This comment probably betrays spider ignorance.)

wyo sis said...

Can you die from getting the creeps?

rhhardin said...

It's that time of year where there's the same number of bugs on the window screens trying to get in as trying to get out, in Ohio.

The indoor ladybugs have pretty much demolished the spider webs.

KLDAVIS said...

Spider invasion can only mean one thing...

Packers won the Superbowl! Wooo!

drozz said...

Well, I shouldn't have any trouble sleeping tonight

DADvocate said...

Pretty cool how arachnids, insects, animals adapt. Humans could learn a lesson.

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive”
Sir Walter Scott

Freeman Hunt said...

"Honey, the house survived. The water came right up to it, but didn't touch it."
"Thank God!"
"There is one slight problem though. It's interesting really."
"What is it?"
"Well, it seems that a number of spiders were trying to escape the flood waters themselves and ended up in thfe house and yard."
"A number of them? What number of them?"
"Oh, it's hard to say really. I'm not much for estimating."
"How many?"
"Well, one might be inclined to guess hundreds of thousands, but it could have been millions or possibly only tens of thousands. Yes, it was probably only in the tens of thousands... You're not saying anything... Oh! Are you choking?"

MrsIke said...

E-e-e-e-w-w-w-w-w!!!:-6

Curious George said...

"DADvocate said...
Pretty cool how arachnids, insects, animals adapt. Humans could learn a lesson."

Think about how idiotic this statement is. There is no creature that can close to humans in "adapting."

Craig said...

All bound for morning town, many miles away.

Roux said...

Last year near the Mississippi river many of those on high ground had the same problem with insects, mostly fire ants. My mother-in-law lives about 4 miles from the river on high ground and they were everywhere.

~N. said...

Spider silk is purported to have wound healing properties. Not sure if that's been tested, but so many of these folkloric remedies have some truth to them that I'm inclined to believe there's something to it.

"Gossamer" makes all those spider webs seem prettier and less freaky. Very poetic.

Just leave out the actual spiders. Yuck.

Hoosier Daddy said...

I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit.

It's the only way to be sure.