Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Spider Trees

(Yesterday's blog was a congratulation to Bruce and Debbie on the birth of their new alpaca. It was just a bit premature. Sorry to report that the little one did not make it. Our hearts go out to the folks - knowing that a loss like this is certainly a sad event.)

It looks like something out of an illustrated book...

An unexpected side-effect of the flooding in parts of Pakistan has been that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters.

Because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water has taken so long to recede, many trees have become cocooned in spiders webs.

People in this part of Sindh have never seen this phenomenon before but they also report that there are now less
mosquitoes than they would expect, given the amount of stagnant, standing water that is around. It's clear the mosquitoes are getting caught in the spiders' webs, thus reducing the risk of malaria, which would be one blessing out of this mess.


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