Thousands of spiders invaded the coastline near to the isolated, little Greek village of Aitoliko. A giant spiderweb measuring 300 metres long could be seen on the coast line. But where do all these spiders come from?
This is not the place for people who suffer from arachnophobia to hang around. The spiderweb feild covers an area measuring 300 metres long. Locals form Aitoliko in Greece have been able to record this strange phenomenon by sharing photos and videos on social networks. However whatever people claim these spiders of the tetrgnatha species which normally spin their webs near to river banks present absolutely no risk to humans. “These spiders are not dangerous for humans and will not cause any damage to the area’s flora,” explained Maria Chatzaki, a molecular biologist from Democritus University of Thrace in Greece. She continued that, “The spiders will have their party and will soon die,” highlighting the short-lived nature of this phenomenon.
What the researchers call a “party” is in fact a buffet of mosquitoes following a mating period. This is why there are so many spiders. Mosquitoes were exceptionally prevalent in this region this summer. “When an animal finds abundant food, high temperatures and sufficient humidity, it has the ideal conditions to be able to make large population,” continued the researcher. “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.”
This is not a new phenomenon – in fact it is a seasonal event. It would appear however that more spiders were invited this year as the conditions this summer were more favourable.
It looks like it is not just holiday makers who are attracted to Greek beaches for the high temperatures and the relaxing way of life, it is also spiders! Check out the video below published on YouTube by Giannis Giannakopoulos to see for yourself: