Utah August 21, 2019
This Popular Utah Island Is Covered With Millions Of Spiders Every August
Are you fascinated by spiders? If so, we’ve got the perfect day trip for you! Every year, Antelope Island is crawling with millions of spiders. Check it out:
If you haven't visited Antelope Island yet this summer, you might want to add it to your August itinerary.
The island is a wonderland of natural beauty, and home to all kinds of wildlife.
You're probably most familiar with the herd of bison who live here, but the island also has pronghorn, bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyotes, porcupine, badgers...oh, and in August...a few million spiders.
When you visit during the month of August, you'll find millions of Western Spotted Orb Weavers. That's right. Millions. Of. Spiders.
If you're fascinated by spiders, you'll love this. If spiders make your skin crawl, August might not be the best time for you to visit.
To see these beauties in their circular webs, take a stroll down to the shoreline.
As you get close, stop in your tracks and look around. Spiders and their webs surround you!
Why so many spiders? In August, the brine flies hatch, and at their peak, there are billions and billions of these pesky little flies. The spiders are waiting patiently in their webs for the brine fly feast.
Antelope Island State Park hosts an annual Spider Festival every year. In 2019, the festival was held on August 3rd, so it's already over, but the park rangers will still be happy to tell you all about the eight-legged residents who are busy gobbling up all the brine flies they can catch.
What do you think? Do you want to see these spiders, or will they keep you far away from the island this month?
Learn more about Antelope Island State Park on its
website, and follow its Facebook page to see the latest events there.
If cute, furry faces are more to your liking, you’ll want to visit
this incredible animal sanctuary in Kanab.