Curiosities & Oddities

Spiders are taking over the sky!


Are you afraid of spiders?

Do you jump at the sight of a teeny tiny little one up on a roof corner?

If you see one, do you actually feel likes it’s on you already?

Well my dear reader, if that’s the case I warmly suggest you don’t watch the video below, taken a few days ago in Santo Antônio da Platina in Brazil.

This kind of spider, Anelosimus eximius, is also known as the ‘social spider’, because they are cooperative, group-living little animals that tend to work together to hunt by weaving huge webs stretching across trees, telephone poles, which means they can also accidentally drop on people’s heads and between their clothes and hats.  They’re fairly common in Latin America and sometimes they build webs as big a village, perhaps in the attempt of establishing a social network on their own. Aren’t they cute?

Still willing to go to south Brazil? You were warned…  🙂

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    • Thank you Mario 🙂
      I think the scenery is absolutely amazing, I’ve never seen a sky filled with spiders before. But just the thought of thinking that one could fall on top of me… it freaks me out!

  1. Fantastic! As you usual you give us a very interesting piece of curiosity/information. I don’t find spiders very attractive but I never knew they were socially inclined (I must confess however that there are so many things I don’t know). I don’t know why but they remind me of the Partito Della Liberta’ formerly known as Forza Italia….who knows why?
    Do you have an answer?
    It’s always a pleasure for me to explore your insight!
    A presto!

    • Gianfranco, always a pleasure reading from you 🙂
      I think this video is stunning, I can’t imagine how these spiders can weave a net of these proportions… Imagine a coordinated operation like this, with hundreds operating in coordination, just awesome.
      You’re absolutely right, they operate exactly like Forza Italia/PDL, the resemblance in uncanny, I don’t have the right answer but here is one theory: every single member weaves his own law and privileges with strong ramifications, regardless the people who are watching from below and who also pay for them.
      Thanks for visiting, as always Gianfranco!

  2. Kind of hard to tell from the video, but one is left with the impression that the spiders are pretty big… They must have the local insect population on lockdown.

    I like the social nature of these spiders and would enjoy hanging out with them and talking about spider stuff…

  3. Unsettling yes, but these spiders are not a threat to human beings, Renée. So even if one accidentally, there’s nothing to worry about.

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