Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
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Huge 1000ft spider web appears overnight on a beach in Greece

Huge 1000ft spider web appears overnight on a beach in Greece

High temperatures have sparked a sexual frenzy among the spiders, causing them to build a vast network of webs alongside the lagoon in Greece. 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. As per experts, spiders are fond of eating mosquitoes, and this has made them weave their nests in such a giant manner in the midst of mating.

With the growth of the gnat population, the spiders also thrive and multiply.

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The spider behind the occurrence is the Tetragnatha genus, a small arachnid species with elongated bodies that can run across water, The Guardian explained.

"They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation", Maria Chatzaki, a professor of molecular biology and genetics at the Democritus University of Thrace, tells Newsit.gr as translated by BBC News. Doctors Find Live Spider Spinning Webs Inside Chinese Man's Ear, Watch Video!


Humid conditions are said to be behind the appearance of the arachnids.

The spiders are not a danger to humans, the report said.

The balmy weather there creates ideal conditions for spiders to multiply.

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

She noted that the phenomena had been seen before in the region in 2003, and that the spiders would soon die off, and the web would degrade naturally, leaving the vegetation undamaged.

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