It’s ‘raining’ spiders in Brazil after they spin a massive web to catch prey

Look away if you’re arachnophobic! It’s ‘raining’ spiders in Brazil after they spin a massive web to catch prey

This is the astonishing moment spiders appear to fall from the sky as they sit in a near-invisible web they have spun to catch prey.

The clip, recorded in Minas Gerais, southern Brazil, captures hundreds of tiny black spiders as they ‘fall’ from the grey clouds.

But rather than be dropping from the sky as it may seem, the parawixia bistriata spiders are actually settled in a huge web they have spun to hunt prey. 

The clip, recorded in Minas Gerais, southern Brazil, captures hundreds of tiny black spiders as they 'float' among the grey clouds

The clip, recorded in Minas Gerais, southern Brazil, captures hundreds of tiny black spiders as they ‘float’ among the grey clouds

The weaving spiders then scuttle along the near-invisible web as the video comes to an end.

The incredible phenomenon is fairly typical in rural southern Brazil during hot and humid weather, experts say. 

The super-thin community web gives the illusion the arachnids are floating in the air as it is almost impossible for human eyes to see. 

Cristina Anne Rheims, a biologist at the Butano Institute at UOL, said: ‘They are harmless, they do not cause accidents and their venom is not dangerous for humans’. 

The parawixia bistriata spiders are settled within a huge web they have spun to hunt prey

The parawixia bistriata spiders are settled within a huge web they have spun to hunt prey

The video, posted to Facebook and YouTube last week, has since been viewed more than 32,000 times.

Giselle Ribeiro said: ‘Congratulations on the initiative to record this scary phenomenon!!’

Another viewer said: ‘What a strange phenomenon, is scary. I’ve heard about this.’

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