1,000 feet of spider webs blanket large part of Greek town

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Giant spider-web cloaks Greece coast

Now, if you fear spiders, then it may sound like a nightmare to you.

The webs are filled with Tetragnatha spiders - known as "stretch spiders" for their long bodies.

They are known to build webs near watery habitats such as the lagoon - creating mating dens. But this webbing is a normal occurrence and is not risky.

Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University of Thrace told Newsit.gr: "It's as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are having a kind of a party". 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.

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

So why does this occur? "This phenomenon has arisen from a population explosion of this spider".

Most people encounter spider webs one at a time, maybe a handful or so in a single day. The trio of conditions were quite ideal for the spiders, which made quick work of the shrubbery, transforming it into their own mating den.

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.

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