Giant spider webs engulf Dallas suburb – An arachnaphobe’s worst nightmare

That’s really an arachnaphobe’s worst nightmare.

Giant spider webs extending up to 40 feet draping the trees like shrouds are covering trees along CA Roan Drive in Rowlett, Texas. And are were spinned by millions of spiders during a mass dispersal event.

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Balloning phenomenon in Rowlett, Texas in August 2015. Photo: Mike Merchant / TAMU

But what’s exactly happening in Rowlett, Texas?

Baffled at the beginning, arachnologists and entomologists say these giant spider webs may have resulted from a “mass dispersal” event.

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Giant spider webs cover trees in Dallas, Texas. 2007. Photo: Star-Telegram

In such an event, millions of tiny spiders or spiderlings spin out silk filaments to ride air currents in a phenomenon known as “ballooning.”

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Invasion of spiders in Rowlett near Dallas in 2007. Photo: ITdecks

This phenomenon, while rare, is not unprecedented. In 2007, a giant spider web appeared in Lake Tawakoni State Park, roughly 35 miles from Rowlett.

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Ghostly spider web cover trees in Lake Tawakoni State Park near Dallas in 2007. Photo by Donna Garde on 08/23/07

These giant webs in Dallas are really something out of a low-budget horror movie… But in much bigger this time.

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