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Shimmering curtains of spider web looped over telephone wires on a perfect autumn day have given a ghostly look to sections of country road near Ballarat.

This scene, courtesy of baby orb weaver spiders, was captured by Age photographer Angela Wylie near Lake Burrumbeet last Friday. Not far from the area where the feature film Charlotte's Web was shot in Greendale - and in similar circumstances, save for a pig named Wilbur - the infant spiders have been busy leaving the nest.

The official name for the activity is aerial ballooning. The spiders dispense silk and allow the wind to drag it until it lifts them up and lets them "fly".


From Patrick O'Duffy (artbroken) and the Age.

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benpeek
May. 15th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
oh, what? you can't claim it! there's no first dibs on this stuff!

it is neat, tho. it makes me think of bad horror stories. like, the bad horror stories i would write about this stuff.
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benpeek
May. 15th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
you could win a stoker with that ;)
catsparx
May. 15th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
awesome!!! But are you sure they aren't being spun by GIANT SPIDERS!!!
benpeek
May. 15th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
one can only hope.
artbroken
May. 15th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
O'Duffy, man. Patrick Duffy was the Man From Atlantis.

And thanks!
benpeek
May. 15th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
shit, man, why can't i ever remember the O? i seriously thought, 'it's o'duffy', and then thought, 'no, it's the dude from DEBBIE DOES DALLAS.'
ironed_orchid
May. 15th, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
cute!
kaolinfire
May. 15th, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
beautiful. :)
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