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

Spiders covered the 300-meter "network" coast of Greece

Spiders covered the 300-meter

It sounds like a something out of a horror movie: A town covered in thousands of webs, each crawling with hordes of spiders. In a quiet lagoon in Greece, nearby residents were treated to their land wholly covered in arachnid silk.

In this frame grab taken from video on September 18, 2018, a view of spider webs over bushes, in Aitoliko, Greece.

"It's natural for this area to have insects, no one is especially anxious", he said.

Giannis Giannakopoulos posted this video of the spider web to YouTube. They are commonly called stretch spiders due to their elongated body form.

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

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Chatzaki noted that it was a seasonal phenomenon that occurred mainly at the end of the summer and early autumn and arose from a "population explosion".

More: Mosquitoes are eating plastic. "They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation", Chatzaki told the Greek news site, according to a translation from the BBC. She added that the small spiders are capable of creating large webs but that they do not pose a threat to humans or plants and that the rise in population is connected to the mosquitoes on the beach.

"It's the simple prey-predator phenomenon".

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Molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki from the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece explained, "These spiders are not risky for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora".

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