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4-acre spider web found in Baltimore building

By T.K. Randall
November 7, 2014 · Comment icon 30 comments

Experts were astonished by the scale of the webbing. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Fir002
More than 107 million orb-weaver spiders are thought to be responsible for the spectacle.
Arachnophobes might want to avoid taking a job at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Baltimore, a building that has become infested with millions of spiders.

While the arachnids themselves are not believed to be harmful, their activity in the plant has produced webs so extensive that they cover 95% of the building's four-acre ceiling.

Experts believe that there are 35,176 spiders per cubic meter.
"We were unprepared for the sheer scale of the spider population and the extraordinary masses of both three-dimensional and sheet-like webbing that blanketed much of the facility's cavernous interior," said the authors of a study published in the American Entomologist journal.

"Far greater in magnitude than any previously recorded aggregation of orb-weavers, the visual impact of the spectacle was nothing less than astonishing."

"In places where the plant workers had swept aside the webbing to access equipment, the silk lay piled on the floor in rope-like clumps as thick as a fire hose."

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (30)

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Comment icon #21 Posted by freetoroam 10 years ago
Do spides poo? Just asking, I will take a job ther, bu wil want wellies...if they do poo.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Astra00 10 years ago
Do spides poo? yup, every life form poops, including plants though?
Comment icon #23 Posted by danielost 10 years ago
yup, every life form poops, including plants though? be thankful that green plants fart, we need that oxygen.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Robin_Shadowes 10 years ago
35,176 spiders per cubic meter. 107 million. What the hell did they eat? Has anybody even bothered to check out the quota of missing janitors in that building?
Comment icon #25 Posted by Sundew 10 years ago
Do spides poo? Just asking, I will take a job ther, bu wil want wellies...if they do poo. Not only do they poo, the spin their own tiny rolls of toilet paper, double ply of course.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Jacques Terreur 10 years ago
You had glue?!?! Luxury!!! My old mum would have to force sharpened sticks into our legs - and we'd be thankful. Then we'd have to walk 5 miles to school, there and back - uphill both ways. hahahah... a yorkshire man, i presume??
Comment icon #27 Posted by MidnightLady 10 years ago
Pffft, back in my day 107 million spiders was nothing. I rode 176 million spider wave to school everyday because my district could not afford buses or horses or oxen or kitten drawn chariots. My dad would say that the eight legged freaky ones were snow creatures.
Comment icon #28 Posted by FizzPuff 10 years ago
Nope nope nope...burn it with fire D:
Comment icon #29 Posted by Chosen Undead 10 years ago
Comment icon #30 Posted by Hammerclaw 10 years ago
It would take tons of insects, every year, to feed that many spiders. That thick a build up of old webs would snare birds and bats, too.

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