People who are travelling on the CA Roan Drive are in for an unusual sight that might be scary for those suffering from arachnophobia but beautiful to those who admire nature in all its aspects. The trees are adorned with huge spider webs that create a unique atmosphere that looks as if it is taken from a Halloween setting.
These webs host tens of thousands of spiders. However, authorities say that they are not at all dangerous to humans, so there is no need to worry.
“Someone stepping off the road for a closer look will see thousands of lanky spiders darting among the webs that extend up to 40 feet into the trees. There is a surreal quality to the extensive webbing covering these trees,” entomologist Mike Merchant said.
According to experts at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the spiders that have created these unique masterpieces are most likely from the Tetragnathidae family.
Mike Merchant said that this is not the first time this happens. A giant web was found in Lake Tawakoni State Park in 2007. At the time, it alarmed many people but experts felt blessed for being given the chance to witness something like that.
It was the first time they had ever seen spiders working to create a huge web together. The spiders responsible for constructing the huge structure were from the Tetragnatha guatemalensi family.
“At the time, the discovery of the web was more than creepy – it was a revelation to many arachnologists — spider experts. That’s because spiders typically work alone to construct their webs,” said Merchant.
Specialists say that this “communal” setting proves that the spiders are sociable and are working together to have a better chance at catching insects. When they are not feeding on them, they even let them reside on the web they have created.
Even so, this is an incredibly rare sight in the United States, so people should enjoy it while they still have the chance. Arachnologists and other experts consider this setting a natural work of art that is so rare that it must simply be admired and not altered.
Because the spiders are not at all dangerous, it is not necessary to treat trees with insecticides in order to kill them.
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