giant webs in forest near Jerusalem

Giant webs in forest near Jerusalem
Science and nature combine to create a spectacular sight as trees are covered in cobwebs.

On the banks of a creek near Jerusalem, part of a forest is enveloped in what looks like giant netting.

Long-jawed spiders spin huge cobwebs, shrouding trees that glisten in the sunshine.

The unusual sight in the Soreq creek is thanks to a combination of factors. Treated sewage full of nutrients promote the proliferation of mosquitoes that serve as a source of food for spiders, which then reproduce in multitudes.

However in time, colder temperatures are expected to bring a drop in the mosquito population that sustains the web-weavers.