Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Giants spider webs cover beach in Greek town of Aitoliko


A video, posted to YouTube by Giannis Giannakopoulos, shows the beach at the town of Aitoliko in western Greece under siege from the dense web. This isn't an ordinary spider web, not even a very large one - it covers green landscape in a think blanket of webbing, giving a creepy wake-like appearance.

While the giant spider-web in Aitoliko, Greece, might look weird, the phenomenon is not at all harmful for humans, animals in the region, or the local flora.

See the massive spider webs in the video player above.

"When an animal finds abundant food, high temperatures and sufficient humidity, it has the ideal conditions to be able to make large populations", she said.

The giant webs are spun by a very small spider of the Tetragnatha genus ― it's just 0.7 inches long, according to Inside Edition.

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"The spiders will have their party and will soon die", she told Sky News, adding that the phenomenon takes place every few years. "The spiders will have their party and will soon die", explained Maria Chatzaki.

Behind the phenomenon, Pergantis said, are the spiders' favorite snacks: gnats.

The tiny spiders don't pose a danger to area humans or plants, Chatzaki told NewsIt, though their rising numbers may be linked to an increase in mosquito populations.

Neither the gnats nor these spiders are unsafe to humans.

"These spiders are not risky for humans, and will not cause any damage", molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki told Greek news websites. They thrive in hot, humid temperatures and continue to reproduce during that time.

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