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Spiders Fly Using Silk Balloons, And Earth's Electric Fields Give Them A Boost

Scientists have long known that spiders are able to fly through a behavior named ballooning, where they release silk filaments that are carried by the wind. Researchers, however, have proven that spiders can fly by using just Earth's electric fields.

Animals July 6, 2018

Millions Of Spiders Escaping Floodwaters Cover Trees In Silk

Floodwaters in northern Tasmania are causing millions of black spiders to escape to treetops, covering them in silk in an event called 'ballooning.' The record heavy rains in Launceston result in major floods and coax millions of spiders toward higher grounds.

Animals June 10, 2016

Spiders Leave Giant Blanket Of Spiderwebs In Tennessee

Millions of spiders left a half-mile long spider web on the grass and scared residents of North Memphis, Tennessee just in time for Thanksgiving. Perhaps they were late for Halloween but these spiders started crawling into windows and doors of nearby residents.

Animals November 24, 2015

Web-Slinging Spider-Man Is No Match For Sailing Spiders That 'Balloon' Across Water

Spiders migrate to find sustainable habitats using only their silk and crawling abilities. Researchers investigated how they move from one place to another and even across bodies of water.

Earth/Environment July 7, 2015

Sailing Spiders: Researchers Shed Light On How Spiders Use Silk As Sails In Water

A team of scientists from the University of Nottingham and the Natural History Museum studied how certain species of spiders are able to survive different aquatic environments by sailing in water.

Earth/Environment July 3, 2015

Raining Spiders In Small Town In Australia? Here's The Possible Explanation

Residents of Goulburn, Australia suddenly found their town covered with hundreds of baby spiders and their web. Spider experts believe this is part of a phenomenon called ballooning wherein arachnids migrate from one place to another.

Earth/Environment May 18, 2015

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