You know what's worse than spiders sneaking into your home in the middle of the night? Spiders in freaking sky man.
The Guardian reported on Friday about reports of such an incident in Brazil, where it was reportedly claimed to be "spiders raining". A video recently released on Facebook A phenomenon in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais seems to show hundreds of spiders floating in the air ̵
The video was reportedly filmed by 14-year-old João Pedro Martinelli Fonseca News outlet Terra do Mandu. Dona Jercina Martinelli, the teenager's grandmother, told the site there were "many more nets and thousands of spiders than it appears in the video," according to an English translation.
As frightening as it may seem, this is something that is common in the species parawixia bistriata and occurs during hot, humid seasons, according to the Guardian, citing the university professor by Minas Gerais and arachnology specialist Adalberto Santos. These arachnids are supposedly social creatures that band together to form a huge net from which they catch food. As far as reports of "flying" spiders are concerned, this could be the result of behaviors called balloon flights, Terra do Mandu reported.
Some spiders use ballooning to catch wind gusts and surf the sky; Watching tiny crab spiders do it is actually pretty crazy (even though their presence in the sky is, you know, not). And readers, although I'm very sorry to have to tell you, these are hardly the only spiders that "fly". In fact, these creatures are quite enterprising; Spiders can even sail for heaven's sake.
Speaking to Gizmodo about flying crab spiders last year, Cheryl Hayashi, a spider biologist at the American Museum of Natural History, said it's a phenomenon "to see a deeper understanding of how spiders have evolved around this feat to accomplish – they literally sail the air. "
Notwithstanding the incredible evolutionary achievement, each one of us would be forgiven for having been sneaked out to hell by airborne spiders.
[Terra do Mandu via The Guardian]