In Texas, when things get oversized such as the world’s largest horse which died more than a year ago, people have an additional reason to feel proud they live The Lone Star State. But this time a Dallas suburb faces an inflation of creepy super-sized spider web works.
You can see the webs hanging on the trees along CA Roan Drive in Rowlett. About a football-field-long stretch of the road was invaded by spiders and their eerie webs. Experts explained that the webs are not the work of giant spiders. Instead, thousands of tiny spiders gathered to work together at the glistening webs, which now cover a great deal of the trees at Lakeside Park.
The webs, which can extend up to 40 feet, provide a surreal look for any passerby. Spider experts said that although the phenomenon is rather creepy, it is not unusual. Eight years ago, another gigantic web-work was reported to hang on trees at Lake Tawakoni State Park, Texas.
While residents were grossed out, arachnologists were filled with excitement. For many, it was the first time they saw thousands of spiders gather around and work as a team just to build a massive web network. That is extremely unusual because spiders usually like to work alone at their webs.
Back then, experts identified the spiders as Tetragnatha guatemalensis, or the long jawed spiders. They explained that although other studies had shown that that type of spiders were previously seen work as a team to build a giant nest, the phenomenon is quite rare. Spiders need some special conditions before engaging in the unusual behavior. They need, for instance, plenty of food such as small insects that dwell in lakes and appear at night.
Tetragnatha guatemalensis spiders are also very different from their peers because they do not become aggressive when they see one of their peers around their territory or on their web work. Additionally, they are harmless to humans and they do not bite.
Some of the spider experts said that using insecticides on them or other poisons may do more harm than good because the insects lack any form of aggression.
“[…] although the communal nest may look spooky, they too are basically benign and are a sight more to be appreciated than feared,”
said Mike Merchant, a spider expert from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Dallas.
Mr. Merchant added that experts in his field of work consider the gigantic webs natural “works of art.” So, he recommended anyone who drives along CA Roan Drive to take a few moments, step out of the car and admire the “spider handiwork.”
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