Spiders' mating season cloaks Greek seaside with giant web

Audrey Hill
September 22, 2018

A spider web spanning almost 1,000ft has appeared in Greece, where locals say unusually high mosquito activity took place before the web appeared. 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.

According to the scientists, however, the Tetragnatha spiders are usually building such large webs for mating purposes, and this phenomenon is occurring seasonally.

The video, posted on YouTube by Giannis Giannakopoulos, shows a beach in the town of Aitoliko covered in webs almost 300m long.

See the massive spider webs in the video player above.

The giant webs are spun by a very small spider of the Tetragnatha genus ― it's just 0.7 inches long, according to Inside Edition. These spiders are not risky for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora.

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"It's as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are having a kind of a party".

Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University of Thrace, told Newsit Greece's high temperatures are creating the flawless climate for reproduction.

Giannakopoulos said it appeared the spiders were gathering on the eastern side of the beach, adding there was a "huge veil" of them covering palm trees and other vegetation. A Greek scientist said an increase in the bloodsuckers' population this year contributed to the situation. "They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation".

"The spiders will have their party and will soon die".

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