Greek Spiders Take Over Beach with Webs Everywhere

Rodiano Bonacci
Сентября 23, 2018

A 1,000-foot field of spiderweb has sprung up in western Greece in the town of Aitoliko.

Warmer weather conditions in Greece have led to a unique 300-metre long spider-web covering a beach in Aitoliko, Acarnania. I'm 10 minutes out of town and you can clearly see hundreds of little spiders floating along with their webs and my home is covered in them.

Underneath these huge webs, Chatzaki says that there are populations of spiders mating, according to Live Science.

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

"When animal finds abundant food, high temperatures and sufficient humidity, it has the ideal conditions to be able to make larger population", she added.

The Tetragnatha spiders, known as stretch spiders, are known for building enormous webs for mating when it's hot and humid. "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".

Fortunately, the spiders shouldn't cause any permanent damage to the area's plants. "They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation", Chatzaki told the Greek news site, according to a translation from the BBC.

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

This phenomenon is actually a seasonal occurrence brought about by an influx in the number of mosquitoes in the area.

Chatzaki said that the conditions were flawless for the spiders to reproduce.

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