Spider Sex Party Covers Greek Town With Huge Blankets Of Webs

Ismael LynchSep 23, 2018

The locals in the picturesque town of Aitoliko, Greece woke up to the unusual sight on Monday, Sept. 17: a 1,000-foot blanket of spider webs cloaking the entire eastern coast of the lagoon, according to Daily Hellas.

The thick, fuzzy covering comes from Tetragnatha spiders, a type of spider that frequents tropical climates, as Maria Chatzaki, a biology professor at Greece's Democritus University of Thrace, told Newsit. The spiders are likely from the genus Tetragnatha which are commonly known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies.

In short, a giant spider-web of 300 meters long and made by Tetagnatha spiders covers an entire shoreline in Aitoliko, Greece, but unfortunately, the magnificent creation won't last long because, as soon as the spiders mate and lay eggs, they will die.

Ms Chatzaki also pointed out that it is a relatively common phenomenon that occurs every couple of years. The coastal town's temperature, humidity, and abundance of mosquitoes create the ideal mating conditions for the spiders.

A 300m-long spider's web has settled over an area of greenery surrounding the coast, casting a ghost-like veil.

An increase in the mosquito population is also thought to have contributed to the rise in the number of spiders.

Underneath these huge webs, Chatzaki says that there are populations of spiders mating, according to Live Science.

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