Thousands of spiders have invaded a North Texas suburb to hunt, share, and creep the living daylight out of residents.
You can count on spiders to remind us just how horrifying the animal kingdom can be. According to a report from UPI, thousands of the eight-legged creatures have fallen upon a Dallas suburb in search of prey.
An enormous spider web was discovered in the neighborhood of Lakeside Park, spanning almost the length of a football field and jutting 40 feet into the air. Scientists have seen webs like this one before, but they know relatively little about the bizarre formation.
Spiders usually weave their webs alone, but the webs discovered in Dallas are unlike most. Arachnologists believe that thousands of spiders had worked alongside one another to create this “communal web,” in order to better take advantage of large-scale insect migrations and hatches from a lake nearby.
Scientists aren’t sure which type of spider is spinning the gigantic web, but they have identified a suspect. The spiders that wove the 2007 web in Lake Tawakoni State Park were identified as Tetragnathus guatamalensis. We can’t be sure if it’s the same species this time, but many believe the culprits belong to the long-jawed family of spiders known as Tetragnathidae.
There’s no reason to be afraid the web, scientists say. It’s simply a big net used to capture insects that fly off the lake and into the forest. The spiders pose no danger to humans, and they are friendly to other spiders of the same species.
Although the nest may give residents the creeps, scientists are requesting that officials leave it intact. The spiders are benign, and they play an important role in regulating the ecosystem within the forest.
The spiders are exhibiting a unique behavior by spinning a communal web, and it presents a great opportunity for research. It may be the source of a few shivers and grossed-out feelings, but the giant spider nest in North Texas is nothing to fear.