Following a warm, dry night i noticed a huge amount of gossamer in my garden. there were everywhere, even from all of the cars in the street. there were strands floating about in the garden and more in town. Does anyone know what has prompted this?


  • Pennine PetalPennine Petal Posts: 1,541
    Is there rosebay willow herb close by? You tend to get a lot of seeds from that.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,619

    Are you talking about fine spiders' webs?  It's the time of year, and the right weather conditions for small spiders to go ballooning http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYPABcMzbEg

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    There is a type of moth that produces huge areas of gossamer which can reach almost plauge proportions. It often literally covers trees (or cars parked beneath). Apparently, it doesn't actually do any lasting damage.

  • WendyC4WendyC4 Posts: 2
    Thank you all for the responses. We don't have any rosebay willow herb so i think It must be 'ballooning' -just strange that i've never noticed it before and have lived here for 10 years! It must have been just the right conditions.

    Thanks again
  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,340

    Interesting thread, watched the link.

    I don't mind spiders as long as they stay outdoors

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