Amazing Photos Of Strange Pakistani Spider Trees
Posted by David Ozanich — 1 Apr 2011
These photos from the UK Department for International Development show the strange behavior of spiders following the Pakistan floods. From UK Wired:
With more than a fifth of the country submerged, millions of spiders climbed into trees to escape the rising floodwater. As the water has taken so long to recede, the trees quickly became covered in a coocoon of spiderwebs. The result is an eerie, alien panorama, with any vegetation covered in a thick mass of webbing.
However, the unusual phenomenon may be a blessing in disguise. The UK's department for international development reports that areas where the spiders have scaled the trees have seen a far fewer malaria-spreading mosquitos than might be expected, given the prevalance of stagnant, standing water.
I've never seen anything like this and thought these photos were too interesting not to share on this April Fool's Day. But rest assured, it's not a prank!