Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Spider Webs Cover Entire Greek Lagoon

Arachnophobics, beware - a massive spiderweb in a small town in western Greece has blanketed almost a 1,000-foot expanse of the region's coast.

A giant web spanning 1,000ft has mysteriously appeared overnight in Aitoliko, a city in western Greece.

Giannis Giannakopoulos noticed the "veil of webs" earlier this week and captured the spider creations with his camera. "But I have never seen any spider webs this big in my life".

The spider web's industrious creators, known as "stretch spiders" for their long and slender bodies, are of the genus Tetragnatha.

"It's as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are having a kind of a party", Chatzaki said, according to the BBC.

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This is usually a seasonal phenomenon, as warm temperature, high humidity, and plentiful food create the ideal conditions for this species to reproduce in large numbers. They thrive in hot, humid temperatures and continue to reproduce during that time.

Greek biologist Fotis Pergantis said the spiders are trying to catch gnats.

An increase in the mosquito population is also thought to have contributed to a large number of spiders in the region.

"It's the simple prey-predator phenomenon", Pergantis said. "It's the ecosystem's natural reactions and once the temperatures begin to drop and the gnat populations die out, the spider populations will decrease as well". "These spiders are not risky for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora", Chatzaki told the BBC.

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