There was a time when I thought that Australia would be a perfect vacation spot. Not anymore. Hordes of wolf spiders seeking to avoid rising flood waters in eastern Australia have left their underground habitats and come on land, casting webs over large portions of farmlands. In such widespread wet weather, the country’s spider population has boomed, and people are fleeing the affected areas.
The spiders are expected to return to their natural underground habitats after the flood waters recede, but during their temporary stay above ground, they have eaten mosquitoes and other insects whose populations have also boomed amid the moisture. Some would consider that to be a good thing. Not me. Spiders are never a good thing in my eyes. I don’t of anything else with a higher creep factor.
The post-flood ballooning phenomenon also occurred in Pakistan last April. The picture below shows thousands of spiders and other insects clustered high in a tree to avoid the waters. It’s the stuff of my nightmares.