Countless Trees In Pakistan Dying From Spider Web Infestations Brought On By Massive Floods

by • March 25, 2011 • NatureComments (0)4767

When a series of devastating floods in 2010 brought huge swaths of Pakistan to its knees, the spiders were forced to move into the trees to survive.  As a result, the webs they constructed have smothered the trees and are slowly killing them.  In a bizarre twist, however, the webbed trees are trapping and killing such a vast percentage of the mosquito population that malaria cases are plummeting thereby saving many lives.  Nature works in the most mysterious ways sometimes.

Source: New Scientist

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