I have collected about 100 angel hair cases from around the world dating from 679 to 1990. I am only aware of one documented case since 1977, except for a recent case in Tennessee which I have not been able to verify. I have been unable to obtain a sample, but I have obtained the results of an analysis of a fairly recent case investigated by Forest Crawford, that took place in Bernedotte, Illinois, in 1990. The angel hair was examined using FTIR, which is a reflective infrared scanning device. The material was polypeptide based, or protein consistent with spider webs. The Sudbury analysis was also consistent with spider web in that it was 95% organic.
Geographic distribution of angel hair cases is also indicative of spiders. There is no doubt that certain parts of the world make up the majority of angel hair sightings. North America and Europe have the most reported cases, followed by Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania. The data is no doubt skewed by the fact that reports are more readily available for the US and Europe, but even given substantial margins of error, the fact remains that there is a global distribution pattern. For instance, I have not been able to uncover even one case from the African continent. There have only been several from South America, in Argentina. There is no doubt the bulk of angel hair cases occur in temperate zones, while UFO’s are reported globally.
In January of 1958, Flying Saucer Review ran an article by Peter Sharp titled ‘Angel Hair’. This article contained much information. The following quotes are from this article: “If the places where the phenomenon was reported are examined by latitude it is found that all cases occur in a belt of latitude 20 degrees wide centered on 37 N or S.” “In Autumn the black money spider can reach a density of 200 to the square yard and their activities covers the ground with a sheet of silk.
When there is a rapid rise of ground temperature, convection currents evaporate the dew, tear and tangle the silk and carry pieces of it sometimes to great height. Such pieces of web carry no spiders.” Here we have a possible explanation as to why angel hair has no spiders, as well as the warm, clear day connection. Some angel hair has been found to contain microscopic spiders, and some of this material with spiders was reported by Darwin on his ship in 1839.