Greek town buried under spider webs

Thousands of spiders descend on Greek town & cover it with 300-meter-long web

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Greece is drowning in the web. I'm 10 minutes out of town and you can clearly see hundreds of little spiders floating along with their webs and my home is covered in them.

Wildlife experts say it's not uncommon for spiders to build massive nests for mating, especially when it's hot and humid towards the end of summer.

Warm temperatures and an abundance of food prompted an explosion in the spider population of a Greek seaside town-and their cobwebs have now blanketed a 300-meter expanse of the shoreline.

"The spiders will have their party and will soon die", she told Sky News, adding that the phenomenon takes place every few years.

Giannis Giannakopoulos noticed the "veil of webs" earlier this week and captured the spider creations with his camera.

Thankfully, the webs won't be around to menace the people of Aitoliko forever, according to Maria Chatzaki, a professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University in Thrace, Greece.

The locals should probably be thanking them as one of the things they eat is mosquitoes which Chatzaki notes have also been seen in the area in greater numbers than usual.

The spiders themselves are characterized by elongated bodies.

Chatzaki explained that the spiders were not unsafe for humans and would "have their party and soon die off".

"They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation", she said.

Fotis Pergantis, president of the Messolonghi National Lagoon Park revealed that the increased number of gnats in the area is the main reason behind the giant spider web.

Although neither the gnats or the spiders are unsafe to humans, CNN predicts getting rid of the webs will require a lot of dusting.

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