On second thought, don’t, if we’re talking millions:
Millions of spiders have taken over a Memphis neighborhood, building a web in a field that is a whopping half-mile long.
It’s a nightmare for residents, and just imagine how scary it is for those who cope with arachnophobia — the fear of spiders.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Frances Ward told Action News 5. “It’s like a horror movie. Never seen nothing like this before. They’re in the air, flying everywhere. They all on the house, on the side of the windows.”
The obligatory Scientific Explanation:
“It could be juveniles, millions, in a big emergence event, or adults of a tiny species, probably a sheetweb spider — leaving for some reason possibly knowable only to them,” Memphis Zoo curator Steve Reichling tells the station. “In fields and meadows, there are often literally millions of spiders doing their thing, unseen and unappreciated by us.
“I would not want to live in a world where such things were no longer possible,” he continued. “The presence of these spiders tells us that all is well with nature at that location.”
Then again, if these are really Stiphidiidae, it’s news: these spiders are generally found in Australia and New Zealand, not in Tennessee.
(Via Chris Lawrence.)