The Dallas suburb known as Rowlett is facing a rare but not-unprecedented case of giant spider webs surrounding the trees in the area. The CA Roan Drive is filled with such webs that rise 40 feet into the trees and provide housing for thousands of spiders that have suddenly taken residence there.
Mike Merchant, an urban entomologist form Texas AgriLife Extension Service stated that the giant webs are not something that he hasn’t seen before, but they are remarkably rare and deserve the interest. While it is still unknown as to which creatures produced these webs, AgriLife hints that the spiders who could be behind this are the Tetragnathidae family.
As we mentioned before, cases like these are not unheard of. Merchant stated that he had found a similar giant web back in 2007 around Lake Tawakoni State Park. The population in the area panicked quickly, but spider specialists thought they had hit a gold mine.
Merchant spoke to AgriLife representatives and said that “finding spiders working together to build a huge web in what was more of a cooperative or ‘communal’ scenario was a real surprise for many experts.”
They soon discovered that the species that was involved was called Tetragnatha guatemalensis. They would build webs cooperatively only if there was enough food in the area to feed the entire population. Such cases are quite rare in the United States.
The good news is that this species is harmless, so Merchant suggested that the people in this area be calm and go on with their lives as usual. However it remains to be seen as to what can be done concerning their presence. Having a few giant spider nests around is not comforting. Even if they are harmless.
The event back in 2007 was not entirely different from this one, but some profit was made because of it. Around 3,300 people were drawn to the giant webs in Lake Tawakoni and on Labor Day 1275 people came to the park specifically to see the giant webs.
The sight was just as freaky, bypassers stating that everything looked as if it were made for “a low-budget horror movie.” The good thing that came out of it was that those spiders “put Lake Tawakoni on the map.” And that was something that made the locals a little happier than usual.
Only time will tell what is going to happen with the situation in Dallas. But judging by specialists’ attitude, everything will be just fine.
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