Yuck ! This Greek town is buried in spider webs

Gwen Vasquez
September 23, 2018

Thanks to the overabundant food supply, the spiders multiply quickly and form extensive webs.

The locals in the picturesque town of Aitoliko, Greece woke up to the odd sight on Monday, Sept. 17: a 1,000-foot blanket of spider webs cloaking the entire eastern coast of the lagoon, according to Daily Hellas.

See the massive spider webs in the video player above.

Locals blame Tetragnatha spiders -and their quest to create large nests for mating- for spoiling the majestic scenery.

Molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki from the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece explained, "These spiders are not unsafe for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora".

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

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Although the phenomenon is highly unusual, experts say it is nothing to be anxious since the spiders will soon perish and the web will vanish naturally. "This phenomenon has arisen from a population explosion of this spider".

"They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation", she said.

According to Chatzaki, residents and tourists should not worry about the webs for long, the spiders will die soon.

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

Behind the phenomenon, Pergantis said, are the spiders' favorite snacks: gnats.

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