Click here for large view – Thanks, web

Entomologists are debating the origin and rarity of a sprawling spider web that blankets several trees, shrubs and the ground along a 200-yard stretch of trail in a North Texas park.

“At first, it was so white it looked like fairyland,” said Donna Garde, superintendent of the park about 45 miles east of Dallas. “Now it’s filled with so many mosquitoes that it’s turned a little brown. There are times you can literally hear the screech of millions of mosquitoes caught in those webs.”

Spider experts say the web may have been constructed by social cobweb spiders, which work together, or could be the result of a mass dispersal in which the arachnids spin webs to spread out from one another.

Park rangers said they expect the web to last until fall, when the spiders will start dying off.

You can construct your own analogies.



  1. Misanthropic Scott says:

    Very cool!! Anyone who eats mosquitoes is OK with me. Bats, spiders, dragon flies, I love ’em all.

    #1 – web,

    Thanks for the large image.

  2. Eideard says:

    web – thanks for the link.

  3. Mark Derail says:

    That new show on Discovery TV, Human Guinea Pig.
    Perfect setting for him, no?

  4. Raff says:

    So who are the guys in uniform? Webmasters?

    Bwa ha ha haha

  5. Froggmann says:

    Yea, walk in there I dare ya!

  6. Tanqueray says:

    Is it a Texas Sized Spider too, that would be aewsome.+

  7. Mark Bauer says:

    Great, but who will rescue the photographer.

  8. Libertican says:

    Global Warming will create more of these. Or not.

  9. Awake says:

    The view from another angle:

    “The immature spiderlings are then fed by the adult spiders through regurgitation.” Huh?

  10. KVolk says:

    Where’s Bilbo?

  11. Angel H. Wong says:

    #11

    He’s in Valinor shagging some elves.

  12. Alsatia says:

    #s 11 & 12

    I hurt myself laughing just now. 🙂 Thanks–I really needed that!!


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