July 1, 2022

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These trees look like cotton candy, but the explanation is as interesting as it is scary

These trees look like cotton candy, but the explanation is as interesting as it is scary


Millions of spiders have escaped into the trees to avoid being swept away by the torrential rains.

In 2010, Pakistan suffered one of the most tragic floods in its history. monsoon It practically shook the entire area Nearly 2,000 people were killed by torrential rains and floods. People climbed on the rooftops and searched for the highest sites to save themselves from the floods. When the rain stopped and the water level fell, the panorama was bleak, with A blanket of rubble covered the floor completely. However, there was something in the landscape of great beauty that the locals had not seen before.

These spider-covered trees have earned them the nickname ‘Ghost Trees’ // Russell Watkings, DFID

Some trees were covered with a thin layer of silk, and took on this special shape reminiscent of cotton candy. Incredible as it seems, the picture reflects the reality exactly Just like the rubble-strewn streetsBut from another point of view. These trees were sanctuary and refuge Millions and millions of spidersThose who fled the floods had to climb trees.

A gift for the eyes but this hides a grim reality

The result, after several days of flooding, these trees were covered with silk. Exciting and impressive scene. Spiders change their behavior and quickly adapt to changes, Create a new home in the treetops. These were adopted Ghost Trees in PakistanToday, photos continue to circulate on the Internet, confusing everyone who comes across them.

In addition to being chilling and bleak, this phenomenon also had a positive side. When the floods ended, the displacement of land and mud caused the land to be in constant motion in certain areas. The roots of the trees were strong and in the end Many of the spiders that inhabit it remain under the shelter of the leaves for weeks.

Ghost trees in Pakistan

The concentration of spiders in these areas has caused the mosquito population to drop dramatically // Russel Watkings DFID

This, according to locals, Significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes in the area. In those parts of the world, malaria-carrying mosquitoes are a major cause of human death, and thanks to these “trees of cells” (with millions of mouths to feed), the number of mosquitoes has decreased dramatically. Therefore, during the months following the floods, these areas of Pakistan recorded a significant decrease in cases of malaria transmitted by mosquito bites.

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