Missouri Spider Spins a Web Large Enough to Catch a Human

The creepy crawlers responsible for the web can reach up to half an inch in size.
Loukia Papadopoulos

Nature never ceases to surprise and amaze us. Such is the case with this gigantic spider web found in Missouri, U.S.

A photo of the web was shot by a Missouri Department of Conservation employee and even made it all the way to CNN. Talk about being popular!


"MDC Media Specialist Francis Skalicky snapped a pic of the orb-weaver's spiderweb while out on a trail in Springfield recently. A number of species of orb weavers can be found in Missouri. Their webs are most noticeable in late summer in fall, when webs and adults reach their largest size," wrote the Missouri Department of Conservation in their Facebook post.

The post led to a webpage that gave some quite interesting details on the makers of this giant web. These large spiders — measuring about half an inch for females — help control pests such as flies and other bugs.

The picture drew a lot of attention and comments. People expressed how "freaked out" they would be knowing that the web meant a spider the size of their hand was around.

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Others called the web a "gorgeous" piece of nature's architecture. That is at least until you run into it face-first at dark.

Some said that although they found the web intriguing their creators were much less appealing. They even suggested the area should come with a warning sign regarding the creepy crawlers.

Others however showed respect for the spiders and their giant web stating that they wondered how the bugs could produce something so beautiful. In total the post saw 374 comments and 1.8K shares as of Oct. 10.

As impressive as the web is, it should be noted that the picture was also taken at an angle that made it look more massive. Still, no one can deny this is an amazing architecture produced by one of nature's smallest creatures.

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