Spiderweb In Greece Is 1,000 Feet Long

posted by JA - 

The shore of a lagoon in the town of Aitoliko, Greece is shrouded in a spider web that's roughly 1,000 feet long!  Insert EEEK!  The web is basically a breeding ground for tiny Tetragnatha spiders who appear to be spinning non-stop to expand their territory. 

According to biology professor, Maria Chatzaki of Democritus University of Thrace, explained, "It's as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are having a kind of a party.  They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation." (BBC interview translation).

Chatzaki told reporters that the spiders are not dangerous to humans or plants, but their numbers may be linked to an increase in the area's mosquito population.  She said that the spiders mate underneath the massive web, and create a new generation before their inevitable demise "The spiders will have their party and will soon die," she said, (BBC interview).

The massive web covers trees, vegetation, and an abandoned boat along the lagoon's shore.

Cover photo: Getty Images

 
 

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