300-metre long Spider-web covers beach in Western Greece

22 Setiembre, 2018, 20:23 | Author: Enrique Watson
  • A lagoon in western Greece is covered in a 1,000-foot spider web as mating season hits the island of Aitoliko

A Western Greek beach has almost been taken over with more than 900 feet of spider webs.

Luckily, she said, they won't be around for long.

It's not quite the World Wide Web - but the spiders of Aitoliko in Greece have made a good start.

Resident Giannis Giannakopoulos shared images of a "huge veil" of spider webs on Facebook earlier this week, adding that the spiders seemed to be catching and eating a lot of mosquitoes.

The cobweb has completely swamped vegetation on the beach.

Maria Chatzaki, a biology professor at Greece's Democritus University of Thrace, says the creepy-crawlies appear to belong to the genus Tetragnatha, commonly known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. This year, a sizable increase in the mosquito population is also an important driver for the spiders' prolific web spinning.

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'They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation'.

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.

However, the spiders of Aitoliko, which is 300km from Athens, don't pose a threat. "This phenomenon has arisen from a population explosion of this spider".

"The spiders will have their party and will soon die", she said, per the BBC. 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.

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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