Sep
04
2007

Spiders of Texas unite: Spinning a web of intrigue

Web work: Two men look over a portion of the huge web a group of spiders have spun in a Texas state park east of Dallas. The white web is turning brown from all the mosquitoes the web has caught.
Web work: Two men look over a portion of the huge web a group of spiders have spun in a Texas state park east of Dallas. The white web is turning brown from all the mosquitoes the web has caught.
I’m a bit late on getting this on the web (pardon the pun), but have you seen what a posse of Texas spiders created last week?

There were numerous reports on this huge web that they spun along about 200 yards of trail in a state park located about 45 miles east of Dallas. Everyone thinks it’s pretty cool except mosquitoes, which get caught up in this tangled web.

"At first, it was so white it looked like fairyland," said Donna Garde, superintendent of the park to the Associated Press. "Now it's filled with so many mosquitoes that it's turned a little brown. There are times you can literally hear the screech of millions of mosquitoes caught in those webs."

Experts say that it’s a classic example of spiders working together as a team to accomplish a huge task. We tend to think of spiders as solitary creatures, but they can work together, as this huge web shows. Exactly how they communicate and organize their activities is still to be determined.

Entomologists from around the country were anxious to get samples of the web to determine what types of spiders created this huge network. Unfortunately, winds and rain are taking a toll on the web and it’s already starting to deteriorate.

So whenever Spider-Man starts getting too high on himself, just tell him to checkout the work of these Texas spiders to bring him back down to Earth.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Texas has really outdone itself this last week in being super weird (I'm thinking of the "chupacabra head" here).

I'm curious, though, as to what the story with the Texas web will end up being - I had heard that some scientists thought it might initially have been from a huge group of ballooning spiders that ended up in just one area, but then I had also heard that there were many species of spider living in it.

This has to be a sign of the apocalypse. Or at least an impending war of the monsters, or something.

posted on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 4:50pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

Analysts from Fox News will undoubtedly determine that this is a socialist/communist plot among Texas' spider community.

posted on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 5:56pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

And no doubt once again be closer to the mark than any other news network.

(Hey, as long as we're trading non sequiturs...)

posted on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 11:44pm
Nebhet's picture
Nebhet says:

I laughed so hard at this, I almost choked. I hope you're happy. ;)

posted on Tue, 10/02/2007 - 10:09am
Ryan's picture
Ryan says:

Well i think that if a few spiders can do this, Just imagine what like one million can do. or it could be that Texas is just a big state and the spiders are imitating the people in Texas by eating a lot

posted on Tue, 09/18/2007 - 8:15pm
Brittny Kircher's picture
Brittny Kircher says:

hello i am brittany and i hate spiders i sleep in a bacement and OMG they ere so gross and make we want to cry =[

posted on Tue, 10/02/2007 - 10:54am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yum..... id eat one

posted on Tue, 10/02/2007 - 1:26pm
Superhero Legacy's picture

Everything really is bigger in Texas...Or maybe Spider-Man made a visit and wanted to help out with meal preparation for the arachnids...

posted on Tue, 09/14/2010 - 7:31pm

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