Just uttering the word spider makes our skin crawl — no pun intended. When it comes to arachnids, even a computer screen is too close for us to get to the little suckers.
So we can’t even imagine what 20-year-old Erick Reis must have felt when he left a party in Santo Antonio da Platina, Brazil, to find thousands and thousands of spiders “raining” down from the sky. In reality, they’re actually crawling in the sky on tons of strands of web, which might actually be creepier!
If you don’t believe us, watch Erick’s creepy crawly video for yourself:
And you know what? It’s actually pretty common. “The phenomenon observed is not really surprising,” spider researcher Leticia Aviles told Wired. “Either social or colonial spiders may occur in large aggregations, as the one shown in the video.”
The spiders were originally thought to be a South American social spider type called Anelosimus eximius, which build colonies 1,000 spiders strong. These colonies will sometimes be dispersed to new locations by wind, which can lead to what has become known as “spider rain.” However, researchers have since told Wired that they think the spiders are most likely “orb-weaving” colonial spiders that weave individual webs networked together. Whichever type of spider it is, we think it’s fascinating — and totally terrifying.
So just to review... Brazilian things we love: Gisele and Carnival. Brazilian things we can’t stand: spiders taking over the sky!