Giants spider webs cover beach in Greek town of Aitoliko

News  Greece Aitoliko beach in Greece covered in spider web

News Greece Aitoliko beach in Greece covered in spider web

Arachnophobics, beware - a massive spiderweb in a small town in western Greece has blanketed almost a 1,000-foot expanse of the region's coast. The greenery surrounding the lagoon in Aitoliko is buried in thick, sticky cobwebs.

Thousands of the creatures, known as Tetragnatha spiders, spun the web near a lagoon in Aitoliko to facilitate mating in what experts call a "seasonal phenomenon", according to the BBC. There are hundreds of species of these spiders that live in various parts of the world.

"The spiders are taking advantage of these conditions, and are having a kind of a party".

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

"When an animal finds abundant food, high temperatures and sufficient humidity, it has the ideal conditions to be able to make large populations", Chatzaki explains adding that this is not the phenomenon's first occurrence.

'They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation'. Luckily, she said, they won't be around for long.

'There are huge numbers of male and female spiders mating.

A gallery of the large spider web is available at the Greek website Newsit.

Sadly, the eight-legged architects will soon die off, leaving the web to degrade naturally.

"It is probably a reaction of nature to balance the system by limiting mosquitoes", he wrote.

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