— Things We Didn't Dream

Thousands of spiders banded together to create the Halloween-iest of webs in Texas

It’s Halloween in August over in Lakeside Park, in Rowlett, Texas, where thousands of spiders have joined forces to weave the Web to End All Webs over an area that’s the size of a football field. Yeah, this is the part where readers who have some degree of arachnophobia click out of this post, take a few deep breaths, and then bravely go on with the rest of their day, all the while trying to pretend that this grandaddy of all spider webs, that rises up forty feet in the air and goes on for literally hundreds of feet, that all of that doesn’t exist, you know, outside of your nightmares.

So why have all these spiders given up working on their individual webs and rallied together to create the Death Star of Spider Webs?  According to WFAA8 in Texas, an “overabundance of food” is what has caused these arachnids to combine their spinning powers. And even though this massive web LOOKS creepsville as heck, the effect of the web is largely positive- the spiders are catching TONS of flies and mosquitoes.

Also, as naturalist Jennifer Kolmes explained to WFAA8, we might be able to learn a lesson from these little spiders and their Web of Doom.

“We can do amazing things if we set our minds to it and work cooperatively,” Kolmes posited.

That’s #truth right there.

So yes, of course we’re grateful to the spiders for getting rid of all the mosquitoes and flies and of course we’re inspired by their testament to team work, but it is also still completely okay to be all kinds of creeped out by this scary times a billion massive web of nightmares. Feelings are allowed to be complicated.

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