Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
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300-metre long Spider-web covers beach in Western Greece

300-metre long Spider-web covers beach in Western Greece

The warmer climate conditions in western Greece have led to a weird phenomenon. Footage of the phenomenon shows endless layers of mesh covering the trees, the ground and all the objects in the immediate vicinity of the beach.

Chatzaki also pointed out that the increased number of spiders in the area should be seen as a positive since it is the only effective way nature has to combat mosquitoes which she notes have also been seen in the area in greater numbers than usual.

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But, thankfully for residents, they are not harmful to humans.

In the interview, Democritus University of Thrace assistant professor Maria Chatzaki said: "The spiders will have their party and die soon".


Scientists explained that it is a seasonal phenomenon, as warmer than usual temperatures, sufficient humidity and food created the ideal conditions for the species to reproduce in large numbers.

Molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki told Greek news website Newsit.gr: "These spiders are not risky for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora".

They are known to build webs near watery habitats, with some species even said to be able to walk on water.

"These spiders are not risky for humans, and will not cause any damage", molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki told Greek news websites. Jasmine writes primarily in our LGBTTQQIAAP and Science section.

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