Massive spiderweb blankets Greek beach for spider mating 'party'

Keen to see the ethereal spiderweb in Greece? Here's everything you should do near Aitoliko

Giant spider-web cloaks Greece coast

And even on the contrary - increased population of spiders will reduce the number bred on the island of mosquitoes.

A soft, white blanket of webbing formed near a lagoon in western Greece, reportedly allowing a massive mating "party" to ensue between spiders in the town of Aitoliko.

As reported by Daily Hellas, a broad area of greenery has been cloaked by the silvery spider-web produced by Tetragnatha spiders.

BBC News reports that while it may seem horrifying to those with arachnophobia, it is a seasonal occurrence that's caused by the Tetragnatha genus of spiders.

They are known to build webs near watery habitats such as the lagoon - creating mating dens.

Spiders Take Over Greek Beach, With Vast Web Spanning 1,000 Feet
Footage taken by local Giannis Giannakopoulos shows the web completely cloaking trees, bushes and shrubberies near a lagoon. Spiders have taken over a seaside town in Greece, as video shows webs coating almost 1,000 feet of the shoreline.

Thankfully, the webs won't be around to menace the people of Aitoliko forever, according to Maria Chatzaki, a professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University in Thrace, Greece. She explains, "When an animal finds abundant food, high temperatures and sufficient humidity, it has ideal conditions to be able to make large populations". Basically, when the conditions are appropriate, these spiders get a chance to overeat and mate.

Fortunately, while it is quite a freaky sight to those who are unfamiliar to it, the spider party isn't harmful to the people or the environment.

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

Sadly, the eight-legged architects will soon die off, leaving the web to degrade naturally. Plus, they probably won't stick around too long.

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