The spider invasion has left parts of the Gippsland region in southeastern Australia covered with webs as the animals try to settle high up to avoid flooding.
Go to heights to avoid flooding
As can be seen below in a Reuters video, a sea of silk affected this area of Victoria, affected by flooding earlier in June, due to webs woven by spiders that usually live on land and seek shelter, according to academician Dieter Hochuli. “When we have this really heavy rain and flood, these animals, who secretly spend their lives on earth, can no longer live there and do exactly what we are trying to do: they move to heights.“Hochuli, who heads a group for integrative ecology at the University of Sydney, told local television Channel 7. Spiders are known to release their webs to create parachutes improvised and use the wind to change places.
The region has been hit hard by disasters
At least two people died from storms that hit the state of Victoria earlier in June. Authorities found two bodies in partially submerged vehicles. Thousands of people in the hardest-hit areas are also without power for weeks, and electricity has not yet been restored for some homes. Australians living in rural areas have been hit by a series of disasters in recent years. The protracted drought was followed by months of devastating forest fires in late 2019 and early 2020, before rains resulted in floods that caused damage in several areas.