Spiders build 1000-foot web shrouding entire lagoon in silk

Katie Ramirez
September 21, 2018

A soft, white blanket of webbing formed near a lagoon in western Greece, reportedly allowing a massive mating "party" to ensue between spiders in the town of Aitoliko. However, the odd occurrence is not unusual for scientists. Humidity and the spread of mosquitoes, providing excessive nutrition to the eight-legged creature population, may also have contributed to the unusual cobwebs smothering the plateau and its flora.

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

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.

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

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Chatzaki told CNN the webs often turn into sheet-like covers that are home to thousands of spiders living underneath.

Locals blame Tetragnatha spiders -and their quest to create large nests for mating- for spoiling the majestic scenery. They thrive in hot, humid temperatures and continue to reproduce during that time.

"It's time to burn the island!" writes one person in the comments section.

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