Massive 1,000ft spider web appeared overnight in Greece

Cristina Cross
September 21, 2018

The breathtaking scenery of clear blue Mediterranean Sea waters in Aitoliko has been spoiled by a massive spiderweb, which has sprung up next to a lagoon on the shores of the town.

A spider web spanning almost 1,000ft has appeared in Greece, where locals say unusually high mosquito activity took place before the web appeared.

The webs are filled with Tetragnatha spiders - known as "stretch spiders" for their long bodies.

Neither the gnats nor these spiders are unsafe to humans.

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The genus covers hundreds of species which are found all over the world, although most occur in the tropics and subtropics.

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.

According to British newspaper The Guardian, Prof Chatzaki said: "The spiders are taking advantage of these conditions, and are having a kind of a party. This phenomenon has arisen from a population explosion of this spider". Though those with phobias may find the sudden presence frightening, experts say these spiders aren't unsafe to humans and were likely just taking advantage of favorable mating conditions.

"When animal finds abundant food, high temperatures and sufficient humidity, it has the ideal conditions to be able to make larger population", she added. They thrive in hot, humid temperatures and continue to reproduce during that time.

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