Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

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

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

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

A 300m-long spider's web has settled over an area of greenery surrounding the coast, casting a ghost-like veil. She explained that the seasonal phenomena occurs when the spiders are mating, and that an increase in the mosquito population this year had lead to flawless conditions for a population explosion among the spiders. Even more, the vast silky cover made up by spiders is not going to last long.

Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University of Thrace, told Newsit Greece's high temperatures are creating the ideal climate for reproduction.

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"It's as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are having a kind of a party".

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.

'They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation'.

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They are known to build webs near watery habitats such as the lagoon - creating mating dens.

She noted that the phenomena had been seen before in the region in 2003, and that the spiders would soon die off, and the web would degrade naturally, leaving the vegetation undamaged. She has worked as a senior manager in public relations and communications for major telecommunication companies, and is the former Deputy Director for Media Relations with the Modern Coalition.

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