ANTELOPE ISLAND STATE PARK, Utah (News4Utah) Millions of large spiders are crawling over Antelope Island State Park.
“Anywhere you look, if you stop and get close up, you’ll see a lot of cool spiders,” Antelope Island State Park Assistant Manager Wendy Wilson said.
Antelope Island shoreline is covered with Western Spotted Orb Weavers. They’re lured to the saltwater edge to feast on brine flies.
This is the time of year, they become as big an attraction on the island as bison and antelope.
“I think it’s kind of cool but it’s gross,” Will Tate said, visiting from Colorado.
“It’s like they’re going to jump on me,” Maddi Tate said. “It feels like they’re all over me already.”
The spiders come out in the Spring. They’re now big enough to overtake much of the island.
“If you love them, this is a great place to come out and see them. If you hate them, it’s that fear factor you have to challenge yourself to come see them,” Wilson said.
Within two weeks, they’ll lay their own eggs. After that, the spiders will continue dodging hungry birds and lizards before dying off in September.
“It’s a lot of fun. They’re unique. They’re beautiful when you get right up close to them, the patterns and the variation to them. They’re pretty unique to look at,” Wilson said.
With what could be perceived as a negative, the park is turning into a positive. They’re hosting the annual SpiderFest 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 4.