Huge spider web covers 1,000ft of land

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The handsome Grecian beaches have been transformed into an eerie landscape overrun by spiders as a massive spider web stretches across the entire shoreline.

An increase in the number of mosquitoes in the area is thought to have given rise to high numbers of the arachnids, also known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies.

In one sunny Mediterranean retreat of a small Greek town called Aitoliko, a web of horrors can be spotted.

Professor Maria Chatzaki, at the Democritus University of Thrace said, 'It's as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are having a kind of a party. They commonly build their webs near watery habitats and some species can even walk on water, as reported by Science Alert. Basically, when the conditions are appropriate, these spiders get a chance to overeat and mate.




A 300m-long spider's web has settled over an area of greenery surrounding the coast, casting a ghost-like veil. Tetragnatha spiders are often mating in the summer and early autumn months.

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

"The spiders will have their party and will soon die", she said, per the BBC. The spiders are likely from the genus Tetragnatha which are commonly known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. Their large and thick webs are good not just for mating, but also for both nesting and catching prey.

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