Giants spider webs cover beach in Greek town of Aitoliko


Warmer weather conditions in Greece have led to a unique 300-metre long spider-web covering a beach in Aitoliko, Acarnania.

"It's natural for this area to have insects, no one is especially anxious", said Giannis, who captured the now-viral images, to CNN.

The phenomenon is rare, although the webs have appeared before in other parts of the country. Though those with phobias may find the sudden presence frightening, experts say these spiders aren't unsafe to humans and were likely just taking advantage of favorable mating conditions. "This phenomenon has arisen from a population explosion of this spider".

Small mosquito-like insects with a lifespan of two to three days, gnats use most of their existence to reproduce.

"When these temperatures last long enough, we can see a second, third and fourth generation of the gnats and end up with large amounts of their populations", he said, adding that the spiders will multiply en masse if there are enough gnats.

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.

"It's the simple prey-predator phenomenon", Pergantis told the network. "The spiders will have their party and will soon die", explained Maria Chatzaki.

But the spiders' romps will be short-lived, according to British media reports which quoted an interview done by Greek website



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