Massive 1,000ft spider web appeared overnight in Greece

21 September, 2018, 05:53 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Science

A spooky scene of a 300m-long spider web cloaking a scenic seaside in Greece has been attributed to a mass of frisky spiders in the heat.

In what must be an arachnophobe's worst nightmare, video has emerged showing a Greek beach covered in huge spider webs.

This isn't an ordinary spider web, not even a very large one - it covers green landscape in a think blanket of webbing, giving a creepy wake-like appearance.

"The spiders will have their party and will soon die".

Scientists explained that it is a seasonal phenomenon, as warmer than usual temperatures, sufficient humidity and food created the ideal conditions for the species to reproduce in large numbers.

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

Local Giannis Giannakopoulos shared pictures Monday of what he described as a "strange and unprecedented spectacle" on his Facebook page, garnering dozens of shares.

The web that spans 1,000 feet is thought to be the product of spiders that belong to the Tetragnatha family, also known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. Though those with phobias may find the sudden presence frightening, experts say these spiders aren't risky to humans and were likely just taking advantage of favorable mating conditions.

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

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