|Photo credit: Keith Basterfield/A paddock in Albury, New South Wales|
This was the title that caught my attention because what could possibly be more compelling than that? Apparently, it is not uncommon for baby spiders to migrate around Australia with little web-like parachutes. This immediately reminded me of the beloved children's classic, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. Remember at the end... well, I don't want to ruin it if you haven't read it.
Of course the difference for the town of Goulburn located in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales is that millions of these little "cuties" rained down upon it. Apparently, this phenomena is called "Angel Hair" because the webs fall from the sky and then cover everything in cobwebs. I'm glad I don't have to clean that up. Spiders can use this "ballooning" method to travel hundreds of miles. Scared yet?
Unlike everyone who's commented on my Facebook page, residents of the town seem unfazed by the millions of new arrivals. Clearly Australians are made of tougher stuff than I.
Despite my obvious joke on Facebook, I would still love to visit the Land Down Under. My third novel sees my protagonist Jan Weston visiting Sydney. I hope to follow suit, possibly a Hazmat one ;)
Learn more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/million-baby-spiders-rain-down-sky-australia