Nope. Nope. 107 Million Spiders
107 million spiders, living in a community managed to spin a spectacularly frightening, but still beautiful web that covered some 4 acres of a building.
Back in 2009, workers at the Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant found this “extreme spider” infestation, which had become so bad that the webs had even managed to pull 8-foot long light fixtures out of place. Of course, entomologists and arachnologists couldn’t wait to find out more before the strangest formation was removed.
The scientists found the bizarre situation so incredible that it eventually warranted publication in the journal American Entomologist.
As reported, over 95% of the space in some parts of the plant was completely filled with web. It was so dense that some regions contained estimated densities of 35, 176 spiders per cubic meter, an estimate they dubbed as “conservative.”
“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.”
They note that the aggregation is far greater in magnitude than anything ever recorded for this type of spider.
“The visual impact of the spectacle as nothing less than astonishing.”