Spider Sex Party Covers Greek Town With Huge Blankets Of Webs

Audrey Hill
September 23, 2018

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

Local man Giannis Giannakopoulos shared images of a "huge veil" of spider webs - saying that the spiders seemed to be catching and eating a lot of mosquitoes.

As reported by Daily Hellas, a broad area of greenery has been cloaked by the silvery spider-web produced by Tetragnatha spiders.

The white blanket sprung up in Aitoliko, a city in western Greece.

Residents say the extensive spider webs have another benefit: keeping down mosquitoes.

"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.

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They are known to build webs near watery habitats such as the lagoon - creating mating dens.

Now Aitoliko formed the ideal conditions for mating.

The freaky sight was the work of spiders from the genus Tetragnatha - otherwise known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies.

Fortunately, the spiders shouldn't cause any permanent damage to the area's plants.

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.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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