Massive spiderweb blankets Greek beach for spider mating 'party'

22 Septembre, 2018, 20:23 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • A lagoon in western Greece is covered in a 1,000-foot spider web as mating season hits the island of Aitoliko

Oh, what a tangled web is being woven along the coast of a small town in Greece ― and it's more than 1,000 feet long.

The professor said that "huge numbers of male and female spiders" mate underneath the massive blanket, spawning a new generation before meeting their own bittersweet ends.

Those who happen to find themselves wondering along the shores of Aitoliko and western Greece this September are set to witness an eerie spectacle.

The cloudy web stretches over an abandoned boat, trees and rows of vegetation in photographs published to Facebook by user Giannis Giannakopoulos.

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

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While the giant spider-web in Aitoliko, Greece, might look freakish, the phenomenon is not at all harmful for humans, animals in the region, or the local flora. And even on the contrary - increased population of spiders will reduce the number bred on the island of mosquitoes.

However, the spiders of Aitoliko, which is 300km from Athens, don't pose a threat.

"These spiders are not unsafe for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora", she told Greek outlet Newsit. They thrive in hot, humid temperatures and continue to reproduce during that time.

"It's the simple prey-predator phenomenon", Pergantis said. "The spiders will have their party and will soon die", added Maria. These spiders are not risky for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora.

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