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

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 22, 2018

A lagoon in western Greece is starting to look more like an abandoned home's basement than a picturesque shoreline.

Giannis Giannakopoulos noticed the "veil of webs" earlier this week and captured the spider creations with his camera.

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

Video footage of the phenomenon posted to YouTube by Giannis Giannakopoulos shows the web covering a large expanse of vegetation and floor of the beach.

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

The web has been built by spiders of the Tetragnatha genus.

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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".

Recently, the weather has been very hot and humid, which leads to more gnats and mosquitos, which are the favored food of these spiders.

"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. Humidity and the spread of mosquitoes, providing excessive nutrition to the eight-legged creature population, may also have contributed to the unusual cobwebs smothering the plateau and its flora. "The spiders will have their party and will soon die", she concluded.

"There are huge numbers of male and female spiders mating [underneath the webs]", Chatzaki said.

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

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