There be spiders here

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the short story is flooding in Pakistan drove spiders up trees. The locals say they haven’t had as many mosquito issues lately.

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    6 Responses to There be spiders here

    1. I’ve seen that same thing where I live, and it wasn’t spiders, but some kind of larva.

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    2. Same, though i can’t see any reason why spiders couldn’t do it too.

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    3. This is usually caterpillars.

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    4. Link: photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_nv/more/section/archive?date=2011/3

      original text:
      An unexpected side-effect of the flooding in parts of Pakistan has been that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters. Because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water has taken so long to recede, many trees have become cocooned in spiders’ webs. People in this part of Sindh have never seen this phenonemon before – but they also report that there are now less mosquitoes than they would expect, given the amount of stagnant, standing water that is around. It is thought that the mosquitoes are getting caught in the spiders’ webs, thus lowering the chance of being bitten. This may in turn be reducing the risk of malaria, which would be one blessing for the people of Sindh, facing so many other hardships.

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    5. Nuke the entire site from orbit, It’s the only way to be sure.

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