Massive spiderweb blankets Greek beach for spider sex 'party'

Pablo Tucker
September 25, 2018

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

Warm weather and a large number of mosquitos are thought to be to blame for the booming population of the arachnids, which have swarmed the island to mate. The greenery surrounding the lagoon in Aitoliko is buried in thick, sticky cobwebs.

Fortunately, the spiders shouldn't cause any permanent damage to the area's plants.

Locals blame Tetragnatha spiders -and their quest to create large nests for mating- for spoiling the majestic scenery. When that happens, the spider population will decrease as well.

A gallery of the large spider web is available at the Greek website Newsit.

A university professor said it's as if the spiders are "having a party" due to the conditions.

Mr Giannakopoulos added it was "a unusual an unprecedented spectacle".

Greek biologist Fotis Pergantis said the spiders are trying to catch gnats.

Tetragnatha spiders, Live Science reports, are known for their long, ovular bodies, even dubbed as "stretch spiders" because of it. "Nature has its own rules that unfortunately many times we "wise" people outguess them with the result that consequences are painful".

She noted that the phenomena had been seen before in the region in 2003, and that the spiders would soon die off, and the web would degrade naturally, leaving the vegetation undamaged.

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