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24th of October 2018

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Spider Invasion Barricades Greek Coast With Walls Of Web

2:46 PM 09/21/2018 | World

Joshua Gill | Religion Reporter

Spiders enshrouded the coast of a Greek town with thick layers of webbing to mate and feast upon an abnormally large surge in mosquitoes.

The walls of webs stretched along the shoreline of Aitoliko, an artificial island built in a lagoon, covering trees, shrubs, and all lower vegetation like a veil full of ravenous arachnids. Biology experts said the invasion of Tetragnatha spiders, which are common in tropical climates, comes in response to a surge in mosquitoes caused by humid conditions.

Warmer weather in Western Greece has led to the eerie 300m-long spider-web in Aitoliko. A vast area of greenery is covered by the web. Experts say it is seasonal & caused by Tetragnatha spiders, which can build large nests for mating. RTElyricfm⁩ ⁦@martylyricfm @aaroadwatch pic.twitter.com/MHhqXBv3nE

— Marty Whelan (@martylyricfm) September 20, 2018

“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,” said Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University of Thrace, according to BBC.

“These spiders are not dangerous for humans and will not cause any damage to the area’s flora. The spiders will have their party and will soon die.” (RELATED: Pastor Hits Trump To Save Him From Spider, Tells Secret Service ‘Don’t Shoot’)

The spiders build the massive web blankets to harvest their prey, but also as a covering under which “huge numbers of male and female spiders” mate and then die.

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