Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
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Spiders Take Over Greek Beach, With Vast Web Spanning 1,000 Feet

Spiders Take Over Greek Beach, With Vast Web Spanning 1,000 Feet

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.

Those who happen to find themselves wondering along the shores of Aitoliko and western Greece this September are set to witness an eerie spectacle.

Giannis Giannakopoulos saw the "veil of webs" this week in Aitoliko, CNN reported.

The spiders are from the genus Tetragnatha, known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies.

Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University of Thrace, told Newsit Greece's high temperatures are creating the ideal climate for reproduction. "The spiders will have their party and will soon die", added Maria.


"These spiders are not risky for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora", she told Greek outlet Newsit.

Greek biologist Fotis Pergantis, president of the Messolonghi National Lagoon Park, said there's a simple explanation. "This phenomenon has arisen from a population explosion of this spider".

Molecular Biologist Maria Chatzaki said: "These spiders are not unsafe for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora".

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

But the spiders' romps will be short-lived, according to British media reports which quoted an interview done by Greek website Newsit.gr. They thrive in hot, humid temperatures and continue to reproduce during that time.

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