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Fleeting Wonders: An Australian Spider Boom

“Perfect conditions” for massive amounts of new arachnids in Sydney.

Australia is known for being wild and wooly, but so far this year it’s been webby, too. Early 2016 has put up “perfect conditions” for spiders in Sydney, the Australian Museum told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Thank to a warm, wet early summer, the city is hopping with moths, butterflies, and other insects, museum manager David Bock told the newspaper. This means more food for baby spiders, who then survive to adulthood in unusual proportions and have babies of their own.

The city is hung all over with webs, and people have been calling the museum inquiring about their new eight-legged neighbors, some of which “can colonize whole trees,” Bock says. 

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