Saturday, 11 February 2012

Not for arachnophobes!

Image courtesy National Geographic

I've just come across this and thought it absolutely fascinating.

One of the astonishing side effects of the 2010 flooding in Pakistan was that in some areas millions of spiders climbed into the trees to escape the rising flood waters. Because the waters took so long to recede the trees became cocooned in spider webs, a phenomenon that had not been seen before in this area.

The scene is quite surreal and strangely beautiful. 

19 comments:

  1. oh my it's beautiful
    strange the lovely things that come out of destruction
    nature is so complex

    I adore spiders

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  2. It is wonderful how nature adapts to change. Spiders are smarter than I thought!

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  3. It is beautiful and fascinating. Love learning about things like this, thank you Janice.

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  4. I've seen this before, Janice. It's amazing. Thanks for the reminder. I wonder where the spiders are now.

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  5. Well I don't like spiders, but I must say that is fascinating! I'd really like to see them 'for real' and close up -- not too close, mind you, but I don't mind looking at spiders as long as they don't get on me.

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  6. Hi Janice .. creatures are amazing aren't they .. the Bird Cherry Ermine moth - the larvae can do the same ... if the conditions are right (or wrong!) .. I wrote a post about it - and it was mentioned in incredible creatures earlier this year .. I didn't mention them, as I'd posted already.

    Animals are quite extraordinary - but so fascinating to see - thanks for sharing with us ..

    Have a good Sunday .. Hilary

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  7. Wow! That's a tree? I was looking at it and trying to figure it out. Fascinating.

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  8. Stunning! I'd love to have taken that photo. On the other hand... come to think of it... too many spiders!

    We have a couple of shrubs in the garden that every spring/summer are attacked by caterpillars. They look a bit similar, but not as dramatic as this tree.

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  10. Thank you all. I'm not fond of spiders though I know they do sterling work but these trees just look so fantastic.

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  11. Oh wow that is soooo creepy!
    Would make a great subject for a poem...

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  12. A beautiful sight, but what happens next?

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  13. Mo - I understand:-)Not something I would be keen to get close to.

    Friko - who knows? I shall have to investigate.

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  14. That really is amazing - I don't mind spiders, I mean I wouldn't pick one up out of choice but I can easily enter a room with a spider in it and not faint.
    Amazing photograph.

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  15. Not for arachnophobes nor those who would dust and eliminate cobwebs!

    Brilliant image.

    Isabel x

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  16. Wow that is really amazing, and quite beautiful too.

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  17. I don't have an issue with spiders, but I wouldn't be anywhere near that tree.

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  18. Oh wow, that is a giant spider web. That is disturbing (even for a spider fan like me) but strangely fascinating.

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