Spiders blanket lagoon with thick layer of webs

Spider Explosion in Greek Town of Aitoliko Has Coated Everything in a 1,000-Foot Web

1000-foot long spiderweb in Greece

Reuters reports that giant spiderwebs recently started blanketing the shores of Aitoliko in western Greece.

High temperatures have sparked a sexual frenzy among spiders in Greece - causing the creatures to build a vast network of webs across a lagoon.

The spiders are believed to have gathered here due to the rise of the mosquito population.

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

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. "They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation", Chatzaki said. "But I have never seen any spider webs this big in my life".

"The spiders will have their party and will soon die", she said, per the BBC.

She went on to explain that these kinds of phenomenon happen every few years.

"A odd and unprecedented spectacle I saw tonight at Aitoliko", he captioned the photos.

Chatzaki said that the conditions were flawless for the spiders to reproduce.

Experts told local media that the numbers of lake flies, a non-biting midge, have rocketed amid humid late summer conditions.

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