Friday, November 10, 2017

In Jerusalem forest, spiders weave their magic

Igor Armicach, a doctoral student at Hebrew University's Arachnid Collection, looks onto giant spider webs, spun by long-jawed spiders (Tetragnatha), along the Soreq creek bank, near Jerusalem November 7, 2017. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)

 On the banks of a creek near Jerusalem stands an enchanted forest, its trees shrouded by giant cobwebs woven by long-jawed spiders.

 Science and nature combined to create the unusual sight: the Soreq creek largely contains treated sewage full of nutrients that promote the proliferation of mosquitoes that serve as a source of food for spiders, which then reproduce in multitudes.

Nadav Bagim

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