Spiders are 'having a party' in this terrifying 1,000-foot web

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 22, 2018

The spiders are said to be mating before they die.

Warmer climate conditions than usual in western Greece likely triggered Tetragnatha spiders to build their large nests for mating.

Footage taken by local Giannis Giannakopoulos shows the web completely cloaking trees, bushes and shrubberies near a lagoon.

According to arachnologist Maria Chatzaki, they're always from the same type of spider: the Tetragnatha genus, a tiny critter no longer than 2 centimeters, or 0.7 inches.

While the giant spider-web in Aitoliko, Greece, might look weird, the phenomenon is not at all harmful for humans, animals in the region, or the local flora. She added that the small spiders are capable of creating large webs but that they do not pose a threat to humans or plants and that the rise in population is connected to the mosquitoes on the beach.

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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.

"It's as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are having a kind of a party", Chatzaki said, according to the BBC.

"They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation", she said.

"It's the simple prey-predator phenomenon". "The increase in the population of mosquitoes is certainly not irrelevant to this phenomenon". "It's the ecosystem's natural reactions and once the temperatures begin to drop and the gnat populations die out, the spider populations will decrease as well".

Although neither the gnats or the spiders are unsafe to humans, CNN predicts getting rid of the webs will require a lot of dusting.

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