Walk into my parlor: Greek spiders spin giant web over shore


Local Giannis Giannakopoulos shared pictures Monday of what he described as a "strange and unprecedented spectacle" on his Facebook page, garnering dozens of shares.

An increase in the mosquito population - and thus more food for the arachnids - is also thought to have contributed to the boom in spider numbers.

The warmer climate conditions in western Greece have led to a weird phenomenon.

A Greek beach has been turned into an arachnophobe's worst nightmare, as spiders have covered it in a web some 300 metres long.

The web has been built by spiders of the Tetragnatha genus.

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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.

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.

These spiders are not unsafe for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora.

The Tetragnatha spiders - known as "stretch spiders" - are known for building enormous webs for mating when it's hot and humid. They frequent regions all over the world, but often stick to habitats near the water. Chatzaki also added that the spiders usually do the same thing every couple of years, where they turn the whole town into a horrific bacchanalia and die soon afterwards.