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Subject: Texan spiders spin 'monster web'

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/31/07 at 2:51 pm

From BBC News Online:

An enormous spider web has been found at Lake Tawakoni State Park, Texas, US.

It is not the work of one giant spider - rather, millions of small ones have been spinning away and now it is twice the size of a football field.

Park rangers are not sure why the spiders have joined forces - they describe it as a rare occurrence.

Texas A&M University entomologist Professor John Jackman told Associated Press that there were reports of similar webs every couple of years.

The web covers a 180m (650ft) stretch of trees and shrubs in the park.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/07/sci_nat_enl_1188552218/img/1.jpg

The full report can be read here.



Subject: Re: Texan spiders spin 'monster web'

Written By: Tam on 08/31/07 at 11:41 pm

A girlfriend and I were actually thinking about taking the Son down to see it this weekend!!!

Subject: Re: Texan spiders spin 'monster web'

Written By: NbC on 09/01/07 at 7:46 am

That is amazing!!!  I would love to see that first hand.

Subject: Re: Texan spiders spin 'monster web'

Written By: danootaandme on 09/01/07 at 7:55 am

Maybe it is there to see if it can get a nasty little insect that is indigenous to Texas. What do the call it a bush2?

Subject: Re: Texan spiders spin 'monster web'

Written By: Tam on 09/01/07 at 12:24 pm


That is amazing!!!  I would love to see that first hand.


If we do go down - I will post the pics for you. Not quite first hand but better than the ones the news always take! ;)

Subject: Re: Texan spiders spin 'monster web'

Written By: NbC on 09/03/07 at 1:49 am


If we do go down - I will post the pics for you. Not quite first hand but better than the ones the news always take! ;)


That would be great, thanks!  Hope you do make it down there.  :)

Subject: Re: Texan spiders spin 'monster web'

Written By: lorac61469 on 09/03/07 at 12:01 pm

OH MAN!  That like something from a nightmare.

Subject: Re: Texan spiders spin 'monster web'

Written By: Tam on 09/03/07 at 1:15 pm

Well, we didn't make it down because of the storms.
It would have been awesome to see though. Hopefully it will stay together a little longer because I know for a fact that we will be up that way next weekend.... no matter what!!!

Here is a batter pic of it from the State Park itself!
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/lake_tawakoni/media/images/web_600x450.jpg

Subject: Re: Texan spiders spin 'monster web'

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/04/07 at 2:29 am

I find this amazing, hasn't the wind blown the webs away yet?

Subject: Re: Texan spiders spin 'monster web'

Written By: Tam on 09/04/07 at 9:16 am

Nope - and not even the torrential rainfall they saw from Tropical Storm Erin bothered it one bit! :o

Subject: Re: Texan spiders spin 'monster web'

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/04/07 at 9:18 am


Nope - and not even the torrential rainfall they saw from Tropical Storm Erin bothered it one bit! :o
It is just an incredible piece of the work of Mother Nature.

Subject: Re: Texan spiders spin 'monster web'

Written By: 80sTrivMeister on 09/05/07 at 4:35 pm

Eek!  :o Reminds me of that B-flick Kingdom of Spiders!  :o

Subject: Re: Texan spiders spin 'monster web'

Written By: Green Lantern on 09/06/07 at 2:37 am

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