Nature is filled with astonishing and sometimes terrifying phenomena. Case in point: this footage of spiders seemingly raining from the sky.
Filmed in Minas Gerais in southern Brazil, these spiders are Parawixia bistriata, a rare 'social' spider that works together to build giant, fine webs up high.
And contrary to how it might look, don't worry, they're not actually down from above.
In reality, these harmless orb weavers are settled in a giant , fine web that's almost invisible to the naked eye, hunting for prey. At the end of the video you can see them moving across the web.
As apocalyptic as it might look, this phenomenon is pretty common in the area when the weather is hot and humid ̵
His grandmother Jercina Martinelli, customs local paper Terra Do Mandu : "There were many more web sites and spiders than you can see in the video. We've seen this before, always at dusk when it is really hot. "
Adalberto dos Santos, a biology professor specializing in arachnology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais customs The Guardian that Parawixia bistriata work together in the events to build webs that c an up to 4 meters (13 feet) wide and 3 meters (9.8 feet) thick.
In the early dawn, they eat the prey capture in the net overnight – small insects and sometimes even small birds – before spending the day hidden in vegetation.
The good news is that these spiders are harmless to humans – in fact they actually help us out of getting rid of insects such as mosquitoes and flies.
"They benefit us more than they harm us," dos Santos customs The Guardian.