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Published on : 06 May 2019

Can spiders fly? When you think of the greatest aviators in the natural world, you probably think of the usual winged suspects like birds, bees, and butterflies. But some of the earths eight-legged creatures also have specialized ways of soaring through the skies—no wings necessary.
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In a process called ballooning, spiders release fine strands of silk into the air and harness the power of the wind to travel great distances. In fact, some of the longest arachnid flights lasted for thousands of miles.

Today, scientists widely debate the exact science behind spiders ballooning, but one prominent theory suggests that spiders could be using the electric field in earths atmosphere, in addition to the wind, to provide lift to their silk strands and send them sailing away.

Discover the amazing aerodynamics of spiders wingless flight in this latest video from Decoder. For more, read Soaring Spiders from the May 2019 issue of National Geographic magazine.

Read more in See how spiders ‘fly’ for hundreds of miles
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La Granja de Zenón
La Granja de Zenón 6 months ago

How have the Devs allowed this?
Do they even test a patch before releasing it??

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Kids Channel
Kids Channel 6 months ago

WHAT?!?!

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Shin bút chì
Shin bút chì 6 months ago

People amazed at spiders flying are amazing to me. You mean you've never been outside and had a little mofo glide onto you? You've never seen Charlotte's Web? Wild

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Junky Kid TV - Learn Colors for Children

Me: Wow spiders can Fly!!

Also Me: Stop the Earth I want off

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6 months ago

everyone gangsta till the spiders start flyin

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Sen Kids
Sen Kids 6 months ago

Why?..to become Spiderman someday

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Debbie Doo Kids TV
Debbie Doo Kids TV 6 months ago

I'm not going outside ever again.

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Kids Show
Kids Show 6 months ago

one more reason not to leave the house

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SevenAwesomeKids Baby

Did you ever heard the legend of spider the kite

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6 months ago

They are going to evolve to fly one day! Just think a spider with wings!

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Future Kids Balo
Future Kids Balo 6 months ago

We gotta throw away the whole sky now

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Kids Toys
Kids Toys 6 months ago

This is a whole lotta nope.

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Miss Katy
Miss Katy 6 months ago

our website

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Toys And Little
Toys And Little 6 months ago

It's time to delete the sky

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Junky Kid TV - Learn Colors for Children

Nightmare fuel

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SevenAwesomeKids Baby

That's dope I never knew

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6 months ago

it is called ballooning and theh do it to find a territory separate from their mothers and siblings to avoid inbreeding

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Bounce Patrol
Bounce Patrol 6 months ago

I think it's really cute they use a clever method like this to get little joyrides.

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Future Kids Balo
Future Kids Balo 6 months ago

So you mean Galvantula can fly? Dammit

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FamousTubeKIDS TV
FamousTubeKIDS TV 6 months ago

Godly creatures

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