A video recently shared to Facebook of the phenomenon in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais appears to show hundreds of spiders suspended in the air—like something straight out your worst arachnid nightmares.
Dona Jercina Martinelli, the teen’s grandmother, told the site that there were “a lot more webs and thousands of spiders than it appears in the video,” per an English translation.
As for reports of “flying” spiders, that may be the result of behavior referred to as ballooning, Terra do Mandu reported.
Speaking with Gizmodo about flying crab spiders last year, Cheryl Hayashi, a spider biologist at the American Museum of Natural History, said that witnessing this phenomenon “gives you a deeper appreciation for how spiders have evolved to do this feat—they’re literally sailing through the air.”
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