Spiders create massive web in Papamoa

A massive spider’s web has appeared in Papamoa. Photos and video: Tracey Maris.

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One SunLive reader discovered something both beautiful and a little unsettling when she went down to Gordon Spratt Reserve today.

Thousands of spiders were at work, creating a massive web that cast a shimmering veil across the field.

Tracey Maris says she's never seen anything like it before.

“The new tsunami evacuation hill was gleaming this afternoon so I went to see what it was.

“To my surprise the entire mound was covered in spider web, with thousands of baby spiders.”

She took some photos and started filming the phenomenon.

“The web started at the top of the mound which is up above the soccer fields. It went almost right down to Papamoa College, so maybe nearly 30 metres.

She said she walked inside it accidentally, and says it was ‘so sticky'.

“I read an article about the same kind of thing a few years back where a whole heap of spiders created the same effect to escape flooding – but that was way up north somewhere.”

It's likely the spiders were responding to the recent flooding in the district. National Geographic reported the same thing happening in Wagga Wagga, Australia, in 2012, after they experienced flooding.

Those little black things are spiders at work.



3 Comments

Spider Webs

Posted on 17-04-2017 04:51 | By johnmcd03

The other day we were cycling down the TEL Cycleway and had webs floating in the wind everywhere. Our bikes looked like candy floss machines when we finished.

Easy answer is that the beast has escaped?

Posted on 16-04-2017 20:19 | By Roadkill

There is a Basilisk in Tauranga Chambers and of course all spiders are scared of it and have left the CBD, the real question then is ... where exactly is the chamber of secrets or perhaps more importantly who? and what is the true nature and true intentions of the beast within?

Heck thats alot of spiders

Posted on 16-04-2017 17:07 | By Angel74

but its better than one huge one...............

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