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It’s the ‘Spider Apocalypse’ in our own backyard!

Heavy rain and flooding in regional Victoria, around Gippsland, has resulted in a “spider apocalypse”.

The region was hard hit by flooding last week, with more rain forecast for later this week. Picture: jk409 / Reddit
The region was hard hit by flooding last week, with more rain forecast for later this week. Picture: jk409 / Reddit

Blankets of spiderwebs looking like thick nets have been captured in chilling photos posted online.

Photographs were posted to websites such as Reddit with captions reading “if the floods weren’t enough, I give you, spider apocalypse”.

The floods in these regions resulted in thousands of Victorians being evacuated, and it seems like spiders have also been forced to do the same.

The phenomenon seen in pictures is known as ballooning. This is where wetter weather conditions have resulted in spiders weaving blanket cobwebs in order to keep them hunting above damp conditions.

Ballooning is a temporary survival tactic used by spiders to allow them to keep hunting while the ground dries out. Picture: jk409 / Reddit
Ballooning is a temporary survival tactic used by spiders to allow them to keep hunting while the ground dries out. Picture: jk409 / Reddit

The Gippsland area is set to receive another 50mm of rain, so it’s possible that the ‘spider apocalypse’ could continue to terrorise regional Victoria for at least another week.