A spider web in Texas is so abnormally huge that it has turned a road into a creepy scenery taken out of a horror movie. The web hangs on several tries that are aligned on the CA Roan Drive in Rowlett, which is a suburb in Dallas, Texas.
The road is a pretty long one reaching the size of a football field and it runs through Lakeside Park South. Residents and motorists who drive on that road are freaked out by the scenery. However scientists say that people should not be worried because it does not pose any harm to humans.
Even though this phenomenon occurs seldom it is not extremely unusual. Some people already know that this type of web art exists. A phenomenon similar to this was reported in 2007 and it occurred nearly 35 miles way from Rowlett, at Lake Tawakoni State Park. This phenomenon was a revelation among spider experts. Such an extensive web was a real surprise since arachnologists know that usually spiders build the web on their own. In the case of the 2007 discovery the spiders seemed to be involved in a communal project which was meant to encourage the specie’s cooperation. The web art was the result of the work conducted by a species of spiders called Tetragnatha guatemalensis.
However this newly-discovered work of art is not less impressive. Urban entomologist Mike Merchant from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Dallas described the huge web:
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. If you get the chance to take a drive along CA Roan Drive in Rowlett, you might want to take a few moments to stop and admire this spider handiwork. But please don’t touch the art.”
This species of spiders is not dangerous, the arachnids do not bite humans so there is no need for insecticide treatments. The best we can do is to consider their webs a piece of art. Actually the species is known for creating communal habitats when they have the right conditions such as the presence of small insects that during night time appear from lakes such as midges. The spiders won’t build such webs in places where they cannot find food.
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