Cocooned Trees, Pakistan Photograph by Russell Watkins This Month in Photo of the Day: 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest Images An unexpected side effect of the 2010 flooding in parts of Sindh, Pakistan, was that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters; because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water took so long to recede, many trees became cocooned in spiderwebs. People in the area had never seen this phenomenon before, but they also reported that there were fewer mosquitoes than they would have expected, given the amount of standing water that was left. Not being bitten by mosquitoes was one small blessing for people that had lost everything in the floods. (This photo and caption were submitted to the 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest.)
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