What Is Spider Rain? Learn Everything You Need to Know About the Terrifying Phenomenon

May 19, 2015 at 10:00 am |
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It’s raining spiders in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia


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Imagine waking up one day only to find out that your home, car, yard, and entire town have been covered by a dense spider web filled with millions of baby spiders. If you’re anything like me, this is among your worst nightmares, but for the residents of Goulburn, Australia, it’s reality.

Earlier this week, the small town made international headlines when thousands upon thousands of baby spiders fell from the sky and covered Goulburn in a phenomenon called “spider rain.” Not uncommon in some parts of the world – remind me never to visit them – spider rain is a migration technique spiders will often practice as they climb to high points and then utilize their webs as tiny parachutes (called “ballooning“) to soar through the air. Scientists tell us this happens all the time, though rarely in such large quantities and all in the same place.

According to experts, ballooning is a commonly used technique. This would help to explain why there are spiders on every continent, seeing as the wind can carry the eight-legged insects for miles and miles without ever touching the ground. From below, this gives the appearance of spider silk floating through the sky, garnering the unsavory byproduct more pleasant nicknames like “angel hair.”

You might remember seeing similar viral videos coming from Brazil a few years ago. Just hope that spider rain doesn’t happen near you anytime soon…


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One Australian town is living out your worst nightmare: millions of baby spiders covering everything in sight!