Spiders' mating season cloaks Greek seaside with giant web

Spiders have taken over a seaside town in Greece, as video shows webs coating almost 1,000 feet of the shoreline.

It sounds like a something out of a horror movie: A town covered in thousands of webs, each crawling with hordes of spiders.

The spider web appeared in Aitoliko, a city in western Greece.

Giannis Giannakopoulos saw the "veil of webs" this week in Aitoliko, CNN reported. They are often known as stretch spiders, as they have elongated bodies - and in another worrying development for those who fear spiders - Tetragnatha extensa are small enough and light enough to be able to run across water faster than they can move on land.

Maria Chatzaki, an arachnologist, said that they're always from the same type of spider in the Tetragnatha genus. "This phenomenon has arisen from a population explosion of this spider". Greek biologist Fotis Pergantis, president of the Messolonghi National Lagoon Park, told CNN that the webs will likely be there until temperatures start to drop and the gnat population dies out.

Recently, the weather has been very hot and humid, which leads to more gnats and mosquitos, which are the favored food of these spiders. "These spiders are not risky for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora", Chatzaki told the BBC. "They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation", Chatzaki told the Greek news site, according to a translation from the BBC.

"There are huge numbers of male and female spiders mating [underneath the webs]", Chatzaki said.

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