‘Social spider’ species is known for its ‘sheet webs’
Saturday 09 February 2013
In scenes which will haunt anyone with an aversion our eight-legged friends, hundreds of spiders have begun dangling from telegraph poles in the southern Brazilian town of Santo Antônio da Platina.
Footage posted online on Friday shows the fairly sizable arachnids, identified as Anelosimus eximius, in one massive web.
A local biologist told Gawker that the “social spider” species is known for its very big colonies and “sheet webs,” and said such a mass dangling is “normal.”
The species normally inhabits tropical environments throughout South America.
Scientists say social spiders work in teams to catch their prey.