Episode 4: Can It Really Rain Spiders?

Vancouver meteorologist Kristi Gordon had an ill-timed on-air run in with an arachnid guest descending on her from above. Now she wants to know where it came from and if it could [shudder] happen again. Australian naturalist Martyn Robinson has the story of how these how these “raining spiders” learned to fly.

Spider silk — which makes up spider webs — is nearly as strong as Kevlar, the strongest man-made polymer in the world. It’s strong enough that spiders can hang from long strands, making it appear that they are floating in thin air. Left photo by Uditha Wickramanayaka / Creative Commons. Right GIF via YouTube user pguez.

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