Spiders build 1,000-foot web shrouding entire lagoon in silk

23 September, 2018, 02:43 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
  • Keen to see the ethereal spiderweb in Greece? Here's everything you should do near Aitoliko

The lagoon in Aitoliko, Western Greece, is now shrouded in webs, burying vegetation in a mass of spider silk, filled with mating spiders and their young. True to their name, stretch spiders are longer than your average spider.

A Greek beach has been turned into an arachnophobe's worst nightmare, as spiders have covered it in a web some 300 metres long.

But the eerie spectacle is actually a natural phenomenon caused by a large number of Tetragnatha spiders building huge nests for mating.

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Although the event takes place every three to five years, an increase in the mosquito population - a staple in the spiders' diets - combined with this summer's hot and humid conditions are believed to have contributed to the extraordinary size of the 2018 webs.

Speaking to Greek news websites, molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki said that the spiders are not risky to humans and she not be feared.

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.

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"The spiders will have their party and will soon die", she said, per the BBC. They commonly build their webs near watery habitats and some species can even walk on water, as reported by Science Alert.

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