Spiders are 'having a party' in this terrifying 1,000-foot web

A lagoon in western Greece is covered in a 1,000-foot spider web as mating season hits the island of Aitoliko

A lagoon in western Greece is covered in a 1,000-foot spider web as mating season hits the island of Aitoliko

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

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

The freakish sight was the work of spiders from the genus Tetragnatha - otherwise known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. Jumping Spiders Which Can Leap 6ft Found For The First Time In UK.

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".

Ms Chatzaki also pointed out that it is a relatively common phenomenon that occurs every couple of years.

Spurred into overdrive by an explosion in the populations of insects they eat, thousands of little spiders in the western Greek town have shrouded coastal trees, bushes and low vegetation in thick webs.

Sadly, the eight-legged architects will soon die off, leaving the web to degrade naturally. According to Chatzaki, it's a combination of timing and opportunism.

But this particular spider-web is one of the largest ever witnessed and, as the local scientists admitted, the increased number of mosquitoes led to the appearance of more Tetragnatha spiders. Basically, when the conditions are appropriate, these spiders get a chance to overeat and mate.

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

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