Pakistan Spider Web Trees


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When it comes to the effects of flooding, it’s safe to say we should always expect the unexpected. For example, in recent posts, I’ve talked about the victims of floods in Chicago jet-skiing along their flooded suburban residential streets. In another post I included some amazing video footage of a quite beautiful foam flood that hit Queensland as a result of the flooding there.

So now I would like to bring you yet another unexpected consequence of flooding, this time from Pakistan, and with many a thank-you to those amazing people at National Geographic.

The photograph below shows trees around the edges of flooded and submerged fields in the Sindh region of Pakistan, some time after the ravaging floods of 2010. The photograph was originally taken by Russell Watkins, a member of the Department for International Development (a UK government department).

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Trees along flooded fields of Pakistan

As I understand, the terrible floods of 2010 drove spiders and other insects into the trees to avoid the flood water. With nowhere else to go, it’s here that the huge and newly elevated spider / insect community set about their usual tasks of spinning webs. The flood waters took so long to recede that the spiders had to remain above ground level for a long time. The result is a quite staggering image of cocoon like trees, shrouded and ghost like, lining up along side the flooded fields of Pakistan.

Another side-effect of the floods was a reported drop in mosquitoes. According to National Geographic:

People in the area had never seen this phenomenon before, but they also reported that there were fewer mosquitoes than they would have expected, given the amount of standing water that was left. Not being bitten by mosquitoes was one small blessing for people that had lost everything in the floods.

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Spiders escaping the flooded fields took to safety in the trees

Source: National Geographic

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