1,000 feet of spiderwebs blanket large part of Greek town


Arachnophobics, beware — a massive spiderweb in a small town in western Greece has blanketed nearly a 1,000-foot expanse of the region's coast.

Thousands of the creatures, known as Tetragnatha spiders, spun the web near a lagoon in Aitoliko to facilitate mating in what experts call a "seasonal phenomenon," according to the BBC.

Although the event takes place every three to five years, an increase in the mosquito population — a staple in the spiders' diets — combined with this summer's hot and humid conditions are believed to have contributed to the extraordinary size of the 2018 webs.

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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.

"These spiders are not dangerous for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora," she told Greek outlet Newsit. "The spiders will have their party and will soon die."