Walk into my parlor: Greek spiders spin giant web over shore

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The lovely Grecian beaches have been transformed into an eerie landscape overrun by spiders as a massive spider web stretches across the entire shoreline.

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

A soft, white blanket of webbing formed near a lagoon in western Greece, reportedly allowing a massive mating "party" to ensue between spiders in the town of Aitoliko.

Most people encounter spider webs one at a time, maybe a handful or so in a single day.

Residents say the extensive spider webs have another benefit: keeping down mosquitoes.

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Speaking to Greek news websites, molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki said that the spiders are not unsafe to humans and she not be feared.

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

Professor Maria Chatzaki, at the Democritus University of Thrace said, 'It's as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are having a kind of a party.

She noted that the phenomena had been seen before in the region in 2003, and that the spiders would soon die off, and the web would degrade naturally, leaving the vegetation undamaged. Basically, when the conditions are appropriate, these spiders get a chance to overeat and mate.

Tetragnatha spiders, Live Science reports, are known for their long, ovular bodies, even dubbed as "stretch spiders" because of it.

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