Spider web coccooned trees in Sindh

(Images: Russell Watkins/DFID)

The 2010 Floods in Pakistan that caused devastation over a major part of the country, also brought about a strange phenomenon. Apparently, the flood waters caused millions of spiders to seek refuge in trees and other vegetation, where they proceeded to spin webs all around the trees. The trees (pictured in the images) look like huge cotton candy but are slowly dying.

Spider web coccooned trees in Sindh

An amazing side-effect of this phenomenon is that the webs are limiting the number of mosquitoes in the area, which given the stagnant water in the area should have been breeding in multitudes. Indeed it is a blessing of Allah (may He be glorified and praised) that after the hardships faced by the people, he has brought them protection for further disease through this amazing phenomenon.

 


For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. (Qur'an 94:5-6)


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14 Responses

  1. Brother

    Subhallah, I’m all for the mosquito population control, but the trees dying can’t be good, right?

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    • DiscoMaulvi

      Dear “Brother”

      I initially wondered if the trees were dying as a result of this strange web cocooning diminishing the sunlight exposure or the oxygen supply. However, a comment on the original post on From The Pulpit suggests maybe the trees are dying due to water logging in the roots.

      I did try to search for the answer but the mentions of this phenomenon on the web did not speculate on the reasons. If any reader who is a botanist (i think that would be the relevant science field) can shed some light it would be great.

      -Aly

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  2. Abeer Khan

    I saw this is in the newspaper one morning and I couldn’t believe such a thing was even possible… amazing! SubhanAllah! Things work in the strangest of ways.

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    • DiscoMaulvi

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      -Aly

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  3. nayma kose

    It’s these small posts with insight that can make one stop and reflect for a moment at the wonders of Allah’s creation. Maybe that small moment we stopped to reflect and say Subhanallah will make our weight heavy on the Day of Judgement.
    Jazak Allahu Khairan for sharing your thoughts Br. Aly.

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    • DiscoMaulvi

      Wa Iyyaki Sr Nayma.

      It’s these small posts with insight that can make one stop and reflect for a moment at the wonders of Allah’s creation. Maybe that small moment we stopped to reflect and say Subhanallah will make our weight heavy on the Day of Judgement.

      Allahu Akbar! I never looked at this post from this view point. Jazak’Allah Khairin for pointing this out.

      -Aly

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