Spiders Take Over Greek Beach, With Vast Web Spanning 1,000 Feet

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 22, 2018

It sounds like a something out of a horror movie: A town covered in thousands of webs, each crawling with hordes of spiders.

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

It's not quite the World Wide Web - but the spiders of Aitoliko in Greece have made a good start.

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

Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University of Thrace, said high temperatures, sufficient humidity and food created the ideal conditions for the species to reproduce in large numbers.

Chatzaki noted that it was a seasonal phenomenon that occurred mainly at the end of the summer and early autumn and arose from a "population explosion". Called the Tetragnatha genus, the spiders are just 0.7 inches long.

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". They were presumably attracted by an increasing mosquito population in the area, the presence of water, and plenty of heat.

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

But the spiders' romps will be short-lived, according to British media reports which quoted an interview done by Greek website Newsit.gr. "The spiders will have their party and will soon die", she concluded.

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

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