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

21 September, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Darnell Taylor

A spooky scene of a 300m-long spider web cloaking a scenic seaside in Greece has been attributed to a mass of frisky spiders in the heat.

The white blanket sprung up in Aitoliko, a city in western Greece.

They are often known as stretch spiders, as they have elongated bodies - and in another worrying development for those who fear spiders - Tetragnatha extensa are small enough and light enough to be able to run across water faster than they can move on land.

Chatzaki also pointed out that the increased number of spiders in the area should be seen as a positive since it is the only effective way nature has to combat mosquitoes which she notes have also been seen in the area in greater numbers than usual.

While the giant spider-web in Aitoliko, Greece, might look weird, the phenomenon is not at all harmful for humans, animals in the region, or the local flora.

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"The spiders are taking advantage of these conditions, and are having a kind of a party. The spiders will have their party and will soon die", explained Maria Chatzaki.

Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University of Thrace, told Newsit Greece's high temperatures are creating the ideal climate for reproduction.

They are known to build webs near watery habitats such as the lagoon - creating mating dens.

Fortunately, the spiders shouldn't cause any permanent damage to the area's plants.

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