Millions of spiders flee deadly floods in Tasmania building giant webs covering trees

Meanwhile, millions of spiders flee the deadly floods in Tasmania creating massive webs.

Incredible pictures show how these spiders use a technique called ballooning to escape floodwaters… and cover whole trees in spider webs.

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Ballooning, sometimes called kiting, is a means by which spiders, and some other small invertebrates, can move through the air through different locations.

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They are thus at the mercy of air currents.

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The spider climbs to a high point, stands on its toes and points its abdomen to the sky, releasing fine silk threads from its spinnerettes until lift off occurs.

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Journeys achieved vary from a few metres to hundreds of kilometres.

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Even atmospheric data have collected samples of balloons at five kilometres above the earth and ships in mid-ocean have reported spider landings.

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The phenomenon of ballooning explained:

Of course, mortality is high.

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