1,000 feet of spider webs blanket large part of Greek town

Christopher Davidson
September 22, 2018

Footage taken by local Giannis Giannakopoulos shows the web completely cloaking trees, bushes and shrubberies near a lagoon.

The BBC reported that the spiderwebs are about 1,000 feet in length.

"It's natural for this area to have insects, no one is especially anxious", he said.

She noted that the phenomena had been seen before in the region in 2003, and that the spiders would soon die off, and the web would degrade naturally, leaving the vegetation undamaged.

"It's as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are having a kind of a party", she told Greek media.

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Thankfully, the webs won't be around to menace the people of Aitoliko forever, according to Maria Chatzaki, a professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University in Thrace, Greece. This isn't an ordinary spider web, not even a very large one - it covers green landscape in a think blanket of webbing, giving a creepy wake-like appearance.

Greek biologist Fotis Pergantis, president of the Messolonghi National Lagoon Park, said there's a simple explanation.

The spiders' population explosion is owed to the hot, humid temperatures in Aitoliko. "It's the ecosystem's natural reactions and once the temperatures begin to drop and the gnat populations die out, the spider populations will decrease as well".

Speaking to Greek news websites, molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki said that the spiders are not risky to humans and she not be feared.

"There are huge numbers of male and female spiders mating [underneath the webs]", Chatzaki said.

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