Trees cocooned in spiders webs, an unexpected side effect of the flooding in Sindh, Pakistan

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    An unexpected side-effect of the flooding in parts of Pakistan was that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters.

    Because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water took so long to recede, many trees became cocooned in spiders webs. People in this part of Sindh had never seen this phenomenon before - but they also reported that there were less mosquitos than they would expect, given the amount of stagnant, standing water that was around.

    One theory is that mosquitos may have been caught in the spiders webs, which would be one blessing for the people of Sindh, facing so many other hardships after the floods.

    UK aid - in response to the Pakistan floods - helped millions of survivors return home and rebuild their lives.

    Find out more about the UK government's response to the Pakistan floods at

    Picture: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development

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    1. Rey Cuba 49 months ago | reply

      this is not only a wonderful story, but a great photo

    2. guiltypleasure13 49 months ago | reply

      ewww. nice and interesting, but still, EEWWW

    3. powkang 49 months ago | reply

      i'm so disgusted and fascinated.

    4. maruxa fotografía 49 months ago | reply

      Impresionanta foto e historia

    5. Dvemp 49 months ago | reply

      "i'm so disgusted and fascinated."

    6. copialibre 49 months ago | reply

      la naturaleeza enseñando de nuevo............

    7. cevebe 49 months ago | reply

      Very cool shot, but is it really caused by spiders?

      I have seen this phenomenon in Sweden a couple of times and then it was caused by the Bird-cherry Ermine, which is a small moth.

    8. Massimo De Dominicis 49 months ago | reply

      Grazie! Ho visto la tua foto nel gruppo/Thanks! I saw your picture in the group PHOTOGRAPHY IS LIFE

    9. Tally72 49 months ago | reply

      scary for me that I have phobia for them mmm

    10. Vianys Joplin 49 months ago | reply

      Wow! this is really interesting!, shows God's intelligent creation.
      thanks for sharing ;D

    11. Raiyan Kamal 49 months ago | reply

      I wonder whether the spiders will climb down once the water recedes, or will they stay where they are ?

    12. husi... 49 months ago | reply


    13. elswa1 48 months ago | reply

      arachnophobiac!!!!!! And I realy feel emphathy for anyone living in Sindh with this condition.....cause i will honestly not survive .... and will most probably die of sleep deprivation...... If you have this condition and stay in Sindh, you are welcome to come in contact with me via facebook (name: Elriza Swanepoel")......MEAN WHILE.....GOOD LUCK ,STAY ALERT AND BE SAFE.....!!!!

    14. Jeff Wieser 45 months ago | reply

      wow amazing photos

    15. Dereckson 39 months ago | reply

      Thanks for licensing this image as CC-BY! Your choice of a free license has allowed us to use your image in Wikimedia Commons. The image is now used to illustrate Pavouci po povodních obalili pákistánské stromy do pavučin Czech Wikinews article and is available for other free knowledge projects.

    16. KJ3 apparently 34 months ago | reply

      Anyone read "The Web" by John Wyndham?

    17. jonwa60 20 months ago | reply

      Very full of spiders. Wow.

    18. Eric.Parker 10 months ago | reply

      I believe this image is owned by National Geographic, no?

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