Lake Tawkoni State Park has recently had a very interesting discovery. On July 14, 2007 a woman and her son were biking on the trails through Lake Tawkoni State Park and they came across a beautiful yet creepy scene. They stumbled upon massive spider webs, reaching up to 9 feet high and across several trees. The woman says “it was beautiful yet it looked like something out of a science fiction movie.”
Many colleges and universities are looking into the different types of spiders found in the web. A student, from Texas A&M University, collected several different spiders and a sample of the web for observation. The sample was collected on August 31 and on September 2nd they have already identified 11 different types of spiders that were living in the giant web. The most common spider found in the web was tetragnathids (long-jawed orb weavers), but there were also several other kinds. The experts at Texas A&M University are still working on identifying the many other types of spiders that were living in the web.
Over Labor Day weekend over 3,000 people went to Lake Tawkoni State Park to see the massive web. These types of massive spider webs have also been found in Florida, California, Ohio, Italy, and Canada and most recently Texas.