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Trees cocooned in spiders webs after flooding in Sindh, Pakistan by DFID – UK Department for International Development, licensed under CC BY 2.0

The force of nature is a very powerful one. It can create beautiful things, but it can also wreak havoc. And sometimes, it does both, as was seen in Pakistan in 2010.

Floods

In 2010, some areas in Pakistan received 10 years worth of rain in less than a week. This created a flooded area the size of England. The consequences for the local population were enormous: people lost their homes, crops failed and lives were lost.

Cocooned trees

Some time after the rains stopped, people started noticing trees covered in spiderwebs. When the flood happened, the insects and spiders living on the ground sought shelter in the trees. But because the water receded so slowly, they stayed there and made their webs. And a lot of spiders make for a lot of spiderwebs, causing the trees to be completely covered in them.

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Trees cocooned in spiders webs after flooding in Sindh, Pakistan by DFID – UK Department for International Development, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

All those spiderwebs did have an unexpected side-effect. They caused a drop in the mosquito population. Mosquito’s thrive in places with lots of standing water so for them the flood was ideal. But flying up from the water, straight into a spiderweb the size of a tree is a bit less than ideal.

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Trees cocooned in spiders webs, an unexpected side effect of the flooding in Sindh, Pakistan by DFID – UK Department for International Development, licensed under CC BY 2.0
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