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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 05:05 AM

'Raining spiders': airborne arachnids appear over south-east Brazil

Soaring temperatures bring tales of eight-legged invaders as huge numbers of communal species spin invisible webs in the sky

Anna Jean Kaiser in São Paulo
Fri 11 Jan 2019 11.11 EST

Summer in south-east Brazil has brought soaring temperatures and some disconcerting eight-legged visitors.

Residents in a rural area of southern Minas Gerais state have reported skies “raining spiders”, a phenomenon which experts say is typical in the region during hot, humid weather.

Photos and videos shared on social media show hundreds of spiders hanging in the sky.

João Pedro Martinelli Fonseca, who filmed one of the most widely shared clips, was traveling with his family to his grandparents’ farm in Espírito Santo do Dourado, about 250km north-east of São Paulo, when he realized the sky was covered with black dots.


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