Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
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Greek town covered in spider webs

Greek town covered in spider webs

Oh, what a tangled web is being woven along the coast of a small town in Greece ― and it's more than 1,000 feet long.

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

A video shows the web's thick blanket cloaking trees, bushes and shrubberies near the shore, with a quick shot of two spiders that appear to be mating.

The phenomenon is rare, although the webs have appeared before in other parts of the country.

According to reports, a vast area of greenery has been covered by the web and experts claim it is a seasonal phenomenon, caused by Tetragnatha spiders, which can build large nests for mating.

Spiders in the Tetragnatha genus are found all over the world but mostly occur in the tropics and subtropics.


Biologist Fotis Pergantis, president of the region's Messolonghi National Lagoon Park, says the warm weather has led to an increase in the presence of gnats, on which the spiders feed.

"When these temperatures last long enough, we can see a second, third and fourth generation of the gnats and end up with large amounts of their populations", he said.

An increase in the number of mosquitoes in the area is thought to have given rise to high numbers of the arachnids, also known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies.

Chatzaki explained that the spiders were not risky for humans and would "have their party and soon die off".

Neither the gnats nor these spiders are unsafe to humans.

However, Daily Hellas revealed that the rather eerie scene is a yearly sight for the residents of Aitoliko.

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