I know — everyone is sending me this story about the vast billowing waves of spider silk in Australia. It’s always Australia, they get all the attention because of the magnitude of the spider webs, but really, it’s fairly common behavior. I’ve seen smaller scale examples right here in the good ol’ USA.
For example, last weekend I was poking around my brother Jim’s yard down near Ocean Shores, Washington, and I opened up a small shed, and behold: the entire ceiling was one vast fluffy blanket of cobweb, dotted with little spiders everywhere. It was beautiful. It looked a lot like those Australian seas of spider silk, only smaller and less transient.
I took a picture of one of the multitude of inhabitants. I think it’s probably some species of Theridion.
Don’t think those flashy loud Australian spiders are unique to that continent — those lovely little guys are everywhere, you just have to look. Check your attic, your basement, crawlspaces in your house, your garage or toolshed. You are surrounded. The only thing special about that Australian event is that a flood forced them all into the limelight.