Spiders build 1000-foot web shrouding entire lagoon in silk

The greenery surrounding the lagoon in Aitoliko is buried in thick, sticky cobwebs.

The webs cover palm trees and plants in an area at least 300 metres long, the Daily Hellas reports.

According to the Guardian, the webs have been created by spiders of the Tetragnatha genus.

While the giant spider-web in Aitoliko, Greece, might look freaky, the phenomenon is not at all harmful for humans, animals in the region, or the local flora. "This phenomenon has arisen from a population explosion of this spider".

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A spider web spanning almost 1,000ft has appeared in Greece, where locals say unusually high mosquito activity took place before the web appeared.

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

Molecular Biologist Maria Chatzaki said: "These spiders are not unsafe for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora".

Chatzaki also pointed out that the increased number of spiders in the area should be seen as a positive since it is the only effective way nature has to combat mosquitoes which she notes have also been seen in the area in greater numbers than usual. "It's the ecosystem's natural reactions and once the temperatures begin to drop and the gnat populations die out, the spider populations will decrease as well". "They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation", Chatzaki told the Greek news site, according to a translation from the BBC.

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