1. In Jerusalem forest, spiders weave their magic

    In Jerusalem forest, spiders weave their magic

    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. "It's an exceptional case," said arachnophile Igor Armicach, a doctoral student at Hebrew University’s Arachnid Collection. He said millions of long-jawed spiders created the webbing that envelops the forest, a phenomenon rarely seen in the Middle East ...

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