This photograph belongs to the Entomological Society of America; Greene and others and was shown by Wired.com. It’s a 4-acre spider web.
It’ll come as no surprise that when the Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Planet discovered this web back in 2009 that they had to call for help. Scientists estimated there were over 107,000,000 spiders living in the web.
“e were unprepared for the sheer scale of the spider population and the extraordinary masses of both three dimensional and sheet-like webbing that blanketed much of the facility’s cavernous interior. Far greater in magnitude than any previously recorded aggregation of orb-weavers, the visual impact of the spectacle was was nothing less than astonishing.
In places where the plant workers had swept aside the webbing to access equipment, the silk lay piled on the floor in rope-like clumps as thick as a fire hose.
You can read more about monster web over at Gwen Pearson’s article.
In Pure Spirit
What’s the largest spider web you’ve ever had to deal with?