Internet Creeped Out by Giant Spider Web in Greece

22 September, 2018, 06:54 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • The blanket of webbing lets Tetragnatha spiders engage in a mating

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

The spider web's industrious creators, known as "stretch spiders" for their long and slender bodies, are of the genus Tetragnatha.

In short, a giant spider-web of 300 meters long and made by Tetagnatha spiders covers an entire shoreline in Aitoliko, Greece, but unfortunately, the magnificent creation won't last long because, as soon as the spiders mate and lay eggs, they will die.

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

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"When an animal finds abundant food, high temperatures and sufficient humidity, it has the ideal conditions to be able to make large populations", she said. When that happens, the spider population will decrease as well.

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"The spiders are taking advantage of these conditions, and are having a kind of a party. They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation", Chatzaki told the Greek news site, according to a translation from the BBC.

An increase in the mosquito population is also thought to have contributed to the rise in the number of spiders.

"It's the simple prey-predator phenomenon", Pergantis told the network.

The spiders are not a danger to humans, the report said.

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

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