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Study Explains Why Black Widow Spiders Are Moving Farther North Than Before

Study Explains Why Black Widow Spiders Are Moving Farther North Than Before

Recently published research suggests that black widow spiders are moving to areas that are located even farther north than before due to the effects of climate change forcing them to look for more ideal temperatures.

In a study that was published earlier this week in the journal PLOS One, a team of researchers noted that there has been an increase in the number of black widow spider sightings in more northern areas over the past five decades. As a result of this phenomenon, the poisonous spider’s range has extended by more than 30 miles, the researchers wrote.

According to BGR, the findings were noteworthy in part because of the methodologies used by the researchers, as they didn’t just gather data from professional scientists, but also from citizen scientists who have used the internet as a tool to make their discoveries public.

“In our project, the citizen science data was essential in modeling distributions of spiders,” read a statement from lead author Christopher Buddle, a professor at McGill University in Montreal.