Spiders blanket lagoon with thick layer of webs

A lagoon in western Greece is covered in a 1,000-foot spider web as mating season hits the island of Aitoliko

Spurred into overdrive by an explosion in the populations of insects they eat, thousands of little spiders in the western Greek town have shrouded coastal trees, bushes and low vegetation in thick webs.

Local man Giannis Giannakopoulos shared images of a "huge veil" of spider webs - saying that the spiders seemed to be catching and eating a lot of mosquitoes.

Maria Chatzaki, an arachnologist, said that they're always from the same type of spider in the Tetragnatha genus.

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.

She said a similar phenomenon was recorded in 2003 and that all it takes is the flawless fall weather conditions for the spiders to thrive.

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It was likely that abundant food, high temperature and sufficient humidity had provided the ideal conditions for a large number of the spiders to come together to mate. "But I have never seen any spider webs this big in my life". They thrive in hot, humid temperatures and continue to reproduce during that time.

"The spiders will have their party and will soon die".

A spider population boom happens about every three to five years near Aitoliko.

"It's the simple prey-predator phenomenon", Pergantis said. When that happens, the spider population will decrease as well.

"These spiders are not unsafe for humans, and will not cause any damage", molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki told Greek news websites.

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