The infestation of spiders has left swathes of Gippsland in southeastern Australia covered in nets as animals seek to settle aloft to escape floods.
A sea of silk has invaded this area of Victoria, which was hit by floods earlier in June, due to webs woven by spiders that usually live on the ground and seek shelter, according to academic Dieter Hochule.
“When we have this kind of heavy rain and flooding, these animals, which mysteriously spend their lives on land, can’t live there anymore and do exactly what we’re trying to do: They move to the heights. The Integrative Ecology Group at the University of Sydney, she told the channel local television 7.
Spiders have been known to release their webs to create temporary canopies and take advantage of the wind to change locations.
At least two people died in storms that hit Victoria earlier in June. The authorities found the two bodies in partially submerged cars.
Thousands of people have been without electricity in the worst-affected areas for weeks, and some homes are still not working.
Australians living in rural areas have experienced a series of disasters in recent years. A prolonged drought was followed by months of devastating bushfires in late 2019 and early 2020, before rains triggered floods that caused damage in several areas.
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