It Just Rained Baby Spiders In An Australian Town

Rob Waugh
Scientists believe that the migration technique is the reason why there are spiders on every continent.



A small town in southern Australia found itself shrouded in webs and baby spiders as spiders rained out of the sky.

Locals described the rain of webs - known as ‘angel hair’ - as feeling like an unearthly ‘invasion’.

Ian Watson of Goulburn said, ‘The whole place was covered in these little black spiderlings and when I looked up at the sun it was like this tunnel of webs going up for a couple of hundred metres into the sky.’

‘I'm 10 minutes out of town and you can clearly see hundreds of little spiders floating along with their webs and my home is covered in them.

‘You couldn't go out without getting spider webs on you. And I've got a beard as well, so they kept getting in my beard.

It’s not unknown for spiders to ‘rain’ from the sky along with their webs.

Spiders are known to migrate by climbing to the tops of plants and ‘parachuting’ using their webs - known as ‘ballooning.’

Scientists believe that the migration technique is the reason why there are spiders on every continent. Sailors have even reported finding spiders in the rigging of ships hundreds of miles from land.