Watch out that thing will jump

Spiders can detect the Earth’s electric field and use it to lift off and fly through the air, according to new research.

The creepy critters raise their legs and point their bulbous bodies to the sky before shooting lines of silk to float away in a gentle breeze.

The process known as ballooning can carry them huge distances, hundreds of kilometers away, and they have even been recorded landing on ships sailing in the middle of the ocean.

Here's a quick video that show the creatures ballooning away.

“We find that the presence of a vertical [electric field] elicits ballooning behavior and takeoff in spiders,” Erica Morley, a postdoctoral senior research associate in sensory biophysics, and Daniel Robert, a professor of bionanoscience, wrote in a paper published in Cell.

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