A Baltimore Facility Was Home To 107 Million Spiders And A Four-Acre Web

News — November 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm by

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This is pretty much what nightmares are made of, and it just so happens to be from Baltimore. This is a taste of the four-acre web found in 2009 at the Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant. No big deal, but reports claim that there were over 107 million spiders that claimed this space. As far as I’m concerned, 31,000 species of spiders found in one place sounds like a record. Did Baltimore do it again, or did Baltimore do it again?

Scientists had this to say:

“We were unprepared for the sheer scale of the spider population and the extraordinary masses of both three dimensional and sheet-like webbing that blanketed much of the facility’s cavernous interior. Far greater in magnitude than any previously recorded aggregation of orb-weavers, the visual impact of the spectacle was nothing less than astonishing. In places where the plant workers had swept aside the webbing to access equipment, the silk lay piled on the floor in rope-like clumps as thick as a fire hose.”

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via NYDN

One Comment

  1. Must be a ton of bugs in there for them to feed on. 107 million spiders would need a whole lot of bugs.

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