Greek Beach Completely Covered in Giant Spider Webs

Christopher Davidson
September 22, 2018

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

There are times when one might wonder what the hell was nature up to when they invented the scary nope creatures we know today as spiders.

Warmer weather conditions in western Greece have led to the eerie spectacle of a 300m-long spider-web in Aitoliko.

Local resident Giannis Giannakopoulos told CNN that he first noticed the "veil of webs" earlier this week and took photos.

A Greek beach has been turned into an arachnophobe's worst nightmare, as hoards of spiders weave thousands of cobwebs all along the shoreline.

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With the growth of the gnat population, the spiders also thrive and multiply. Chatzaki also added that the spiders usually do the same thing every couple of years, where they turn the whole town into a horrific bacchanalia and die soon afterwards.

The thick, fuzzy covering comes from Tetragnatha spiders, a type of spider that frequents tropical climates, as Maria Chatzaki, a biology professor at Greece's Democritus University of Thrace, told Newsit.

The region's high temperatures have formed ideal conditions for the spiders, who quickly transformed the shrubbery into a mating den to have their own "party".

"These spiders are not unsafe for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora", she told Greek outlet Newsit. "The increase in the population of mosquitoes is certainly not irrelevant to this phenomenon". These spiders are not risky for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora.

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