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Forecast: Mostly Cloudy, 90 Percent Chance of Spiders - VIDEO


If you woke up this morning to find a couple feet of snow outside your door, just be thankful it wasn't thousands of large spiders instead. This Hitchcockian scene comes from the southern Brazilian town of Santo Antônio da Platina.

Gawker writes: Spider

Brazilian news portal G1 reports that this footage was captured by 20-year-old web designer Erick Reis as he was leaving a friend's engagement party this past Sunday.

G1 spoke with a local biologist who identified the spider as Anelosimus eximius — a "social spider" species known for its massive colonies and "sheet webs." He characterized the phenomenon as "normal," which it most certainly is not.

Watch (arachnophobes beware), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Wow. If I lived there, I'd wear an armored suit 24/7. I'd eat, sleep and poop in it.

    Posted by: Matt | Feb 9, 2013 10:50:30 AM

  2. RAID!!!

    Posted by: Funbunz | Feb 9, 2013 10:55:44 AM

  3. Wow.I've never seen anything like that before.

    Posted by: Miguel | Feb 9, 2013 11:16:02 AM

  4. Terrifying.

    Posted by: Luke | Feb 9, 2013 11:34:23 AM

  5. I would never set foot outside again. Ever.

    Posted by: Bravo | Feb 9, 2013 11:40:02 AM

  6. This needs some real explaining, what kind of web gets 30 feet in the air, filled with large spiders?

    Posted by: UFFDA | Feb 9, 2013 11:58:28 AM

  7. I have both the "willies" and the "heebie jeebies".

    Posted by: Dan | Feb 9, 2013 11:58:38 AM

  8. The odd spider I can handle, but this!

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Feb 9, 2013 12:03:15 PM

  9. Ugh. That's my idea of hell. I'm not really phobic about spiders but one thing that's guaranteed to drive me nuts is walking through a web and not knowing where the spider is, if it's crawling on me.

    Posted by: Caliban | Feb 9, 2013 12:05:55 PM

  10. Wow, can you say "arachnophobe's worst nightmare"?

    Posted by: Miao | Feb 9, 2013 12:24:11 PM

  11. "captured by a web designer" oh the ironic joke just writes itself!

    Posted by: JP | Feb 9, 2013 12:39:24 PM

  12. well; they wouldn't be mosquitoes...?

    Posted by: guy | Feb 9, 2013 1:23:59 PM


    Posted by: DanH | Feb 9, 2013 1:41:50 PM

  14. [Tippi Hedren Voice]No. NO![/Tippi Hedren Voice]

    Posted by: KM | Feb 9, 2013 3:08:42 PM

  15. Oh HELL to the no. I'd pack my bags and get right outta there with a quickness.

    Posted by: sparks | Feb 9, 2013 4:20:57 PM

  16. It's the next scy-fi channel movie!

    Posted by: jaragon | Feb 9, 2013 6:08:20 PM

  17. All aboard the nope train to noperville.

    Posted by: AJ | Feb 9, 2013 8:32:07 PM

  18. Wrong, wrong…just so very wrong.

    Posted by: RC | Feb 9, 2013 10:07:53 PM

  19. I'm with the biologist. It is normal with some spider species; seen it even in northern New England when I was a kid.

    Posted by: Buckie | Feb 10, 2013 1:42:09 AM

  20. Oh HEEEEEEELLL no. Snakes are my phobia, but spiders aren't a fav. I would be inside packing up my place if I saw this though.

    Posted by: KevinM | Feb 10, 2013 1:39:45 PM

  21. so pretty. super jealous of these guys.

    Posted by: jesse john | Feb 10, 2013 2:46:24 PM

  22. As an Entomologist, I say "Cool!" Social Spiders rock (and are all harmless to humans)

    Posted by: Wirrrn | Feb 10, 2013 11:47:34 PM

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