"But I have never seen any spider webs this big in my life".
Aitoliko - a town that is otherwise known as Greece's "Little Venice", has been taken over by thousands of spiders, and the pictures are as terrifying as you would imagine. There are hundreds of species of these spiders that live in various parts of the world. 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.
"There are huge numbers of male and female spiders mating [underneath the webs]", Chatzaki said.
The thick, fuzzy covering comes from Tetragnatha spiders, a type of spider that frequents tropical climates, as Maria Chatzaki, a biology professor at Greece's Democritus University of Thrace, told Newsit. "This phenomenon has arisen from a population explosion of this spider".
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"When an animal finds abundant food, high temperatures and sufficient humidity, it has the ideal conditions to be able to make large populations".
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.
Wildlife experts say it's not uncommon for spiders to build massive nests for mating, especially when it's hot and humid toward the end of summer.
'They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation'.