Greek town covered in spider webs

James Marshall
September 23, 2018

If you aren't a fan of spiders, you might want to swipe over to the next story because hot weather has basically turned a town in Greece into one giant spider web.

"It's natural for this area to have insects, no one is especially anxious", he told CNN.

According to arachnologist Maria Chatzaki, they're always from the same type of spider: the Tetragnatha genus, a tiny critter no longer than 2 centimeters, or 0.7 inches.

This is usually a seasonal phenomenon, as warm temperature, high humidity, and plentiful food create the ideal conditions for this species to reproduce in large numbers.

Sadly the eight-legged architects will soon die off leaving the web to degrade naturally
Sadly the eight-legged architects will soon die off leaving the web to degrade naturally

"These spiders are not unsafe for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora", she told Greek outlet Newsit.

An increase in the mosquito population is also thought to have contributed to a large number of spiders in the region. When that happens, the spider population will decrease as well. "They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation". Greek biologist Fotis Pergantis, president of the Messolonghi National Lagoon Park, told CNN that the webs will likely be there until temperatures start to drop and the gnat population dies out.

"It's the simple prey-predator phenomenon", Pergantis told the network. "The spiders will have their party and will soon die", she concluded. "These spiders are not risky for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora", Chatzaki told the BBC.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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