Yuck ! This Greek town is buried in spider webs

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 23, 2018

In what must be an arachnophobe's worst nightmare, video has emerged showing a Greek beach covered in huge spider webs.

A stretch of about 984 feet of spider web has blanketed land along the shores of Aitoliko, a town in western Greece. They commonly build their webs near watery habitats and some species can even walk on water, as reported by Science Alert. When that happens, the spider population will decrease as well.

"It's as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are having a kind of a party", she told Greek media. This year, a sizable increase in the mosquito population is also an important driver for the spiders' prolific web spinning. "They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation".

Local Giannis Giannakopoulos shared pictures Monday of what he described as a "strange and unprecedented spectacle" on his Facebook page, garnering dozens of shares.

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According to Science Alert, the spiders are likely from the Tetragnatha genus - commonly known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. "We see these vast areas of baby spiders, all coming down at once in the late morning or early afternoon", he said.

According to Chatzaki, residents and tourists should not worry about the webs for long, the spiders will die soon.

Scientists say the arachnids are merely enjoying the attractive weather and availability of food, taking the opportunity to "party". In a bid to maintain balance, nature introduces a large number of spiders to keep the mosquito number in check.

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