Humanity has a loose alliance with spiders. They help cut down on annoying insects, and we try not to overreact when we find them in our homes..
But these Texas spiders are stepping way over the line.
Texas A&M urban entomologist Mike Merchant reports that a stretch of lake-front parkland in a Dallas suburb is covered in a network of 40-foot-high spiderwebs.
"Glistening webs are draping the trees like shrouds" at Lakefront Park in Rowlett, Texas, according to Merchant. The webs have apparently been constructed by thousands of spiders working together.
According to Merchant, it's rare for spiders to work in a communal fashion like this. Many spider experts didn't think it was possible on this scale until a similar web was found in 2007 at Lake Towakani State Park, just 35 miles from Rowlett.
Some species of spiders can apparently be inspired to work together to make these giant webs to prey upon small lake insects called midges.
There's no evidence of the bugs using giants webs to capture and devour human beings. Yet.