Thousands of the birds have arrived to roost in the village near Gretna, Scotland, with the sheer weight of numbers causing disruption. Power supplies in the village have been affected by the number of birds perching on electricity cables. Starlings are among the most common of garden birds, and can be spotted in the Borders in “murmurations” throughout the Autumn period.
Imagine driving in your car and suddenly thousands of spiders come raining from the sky. Well, that’s exactly what happened to Erick Reis, a 20-year-old web designer from Brazil.
And while spider rain sounds like something out of a movie, it’s that’s actually not out of the ordinary.
According to scientists, the Anelosimus eximius spider, which is about the size of a pencil eraser, usually hangs out in trees and can create webs up to 65 feet high which are used to trap insects.
If a strong wind should come along however, the web can become detached sending the spiders aloft which would appear as if they’re raining from the skies which is exactly what Reis was probably witnessing that fateful day.
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