Thousands of tarantulas (Australian spider or spider-wolf) flooded farm in Australia to escape the rising water.
Reuters reports that the flooding has forced more than 8,000 residents to leave their homes and move to the city Wagga Wagga in New South Wales. But in the place of each person who left it temporarily for a few spiders.
"We see here a wolf spider", — told Reuters Arachnology of the Queensland Museum, Owen Seaman. — "They are trying to hide (from water)."
Caretaker Entomological Foundation Australian Museum Milledzh Graham told Reuters, that this phenomenon is even a name — "ballooning", and this is typical behavior for spiders, forced to flee from the rising water.
Fortunately, local residents and unlike thrash film 1977 "The kingdom of spiders» (Kingdom of the Spiders), arachnids, the occupied territories are not going to be good. Weather Service reports that the water begins to recede, it means — local will soon return to their homes, and spiders — in natural underground habitation.
Although the ground spiders quite good feeling. They feast, eating mosquitoes and other insects, bred rapidly in conditions of high humidity.
"The number of mosquitoes around is incredible because of all the water," — said the Sydney Morning Herald spider breeder Brett Finlayson from the zoo Taronga. — "Spiders do not pose any danger. They are doing us a favor. In fact, they even help us. "
After the floods in Australia fell unusual hot "snow"
March 13. Flooding that occurred recently in the south-eastern part of Australia, forced thousands of residents to leave their homes and evacuate the period of threat. When the inhabitants of the province of South Wales have returned to their towns and villages, they did not recognize the scenery. Everything was white, as in the winter. On closer examination revealed that the lawns and parks covered with snow-white linen solid web. Biologists immediately give an explanation. The fact that the water is not only saved people. Hordes of spiders, instinctively, moved inland, to protect themselves from the water. This happens often, but the phenomenon known to biologists as "ballooning" is rare. In an effort to climb as high as possible and escape endures water spider webs entangle all around and create a continuous cover at a certain height from the ground. It's the people of South Wales was the snow. I must say that many Australians are seriously scared of spiders neighborhood, but the zoo spiders Brett Finlayson all hastened to reassure. He said that after the flood, as a rule, increases the humidity and the air is filled with annoying mosquitoes. According to the biologist, spiders are not only safe for humans, but also to help cope with mosquitoes.