Greek spiders spin giant web over shore in preparation for summer feast

A molecular biologist has said the spiders will

Image Experts say the spiders are not dangerous. Pic Giannis Giannakopoulos

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.

The webs are filled with Tetragnatha spiders - known as "stretch spiders" for their long bodies.

The area has been identified as the town of Aitoliko in western Greece by media reports, with the phenomenon attributed to mating spiders.

"When an animal finds abundant food, high temperatures and sufficient humidity, it has the ideal conditions to be able to make large populations", she said.

A Greek beach has been turned into an arachnophobe's worst nightmare, as hoards of spiders weave thousands of cobwebs all along the shoreline.

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Footage taken by local Giannis Giannakopoulos shows the web completely cloaking trees, bushes and shrubberies near a lagoon. "They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation". "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".

The tiny spiders don't pose a danger to area humans or plants, Chatzaki told NewsIt, though their rising numbers may be linked to an increase in mosquito populations.

"It's the simple prey-predator phenomenon", Pergantis said.

Speaking to Greek news websites, molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki said that the spiders are not risky to humans and she not be feared.

In the interview, Democritus University of Thrace assistant professor Maria Chatzaki said: "The spiders will have their party and die soon".

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