Spiders are 'having a party' in this terrifying 1,000-foot web

22 Septembre, 2018, 06:52 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • The blanket of webbing lets Tetragnatha spiders engage in a mating

See the massive spider webs in the video player above.

The webs are filled with Tetragnatha spiders - known as "stretch spiders" for their long bodies.

Tetragnatha spiders are not exclusive to Aitoliko, Greece.

Giannis Giannakopoulos saw the "veil of webs" this week in Aitoliko, CNN reported.

The phenomenon is rare, although the webs have appeared before in other parts of the country. When that happens, the spider population will decrease as well. The warmer weather around the area has helped create ideal conditions for the spiders to come out and build giant cobwebs strung on the local flora. Greek biologist Fotis Pergantis, president of the Messolonghi National Lagoon Park, told CNN that the webs will likely be there until temperatures start to drop and the gnat population dies out.

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Although neither the gnats or the spiders are risky to humans, CNN predicts getting rid of the webs will require a lot of dusting. The video, posted on YouTube by Giannis Giannakopoulos , shows a beach in the town of Aitoliko covered in webs almost 300m long.

"When these temperatures last long enough, we can see a second, third and fourth generation of the gnats and end up with large amounts of their populations", he said.

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.

In the interview, Democritus University of Thrace assistant professor Maria Chatzaki said: "The spiders will have their party and die soon".

"There are huge numbers of male and female spiders mating [underneath the webs]", Chatzaki said. But Aitoliko residents will need to do a lot of dusting.

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