Giant spiders' web covers Greek beach

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Local Giannis Giannakopoulos shared pictures Monday of what he described as a "strange and unprecedented spectacle" on his Facebook page, garnering dozens of shares. This isn't an ordinary spider web, not even a very large one - it covers green landscape in a think blanket of webbing, giving a creepy wake-like appearance. In a quiet lagoon in Greece, nearby residents were treated to their land wholly covered in arachnid silk.

Although the event takes place every three to five years, an increase in the mosquito population - a staple in the spiders' diets - combined with this summer's hot and humid conditions are believed to have contributed to the extraordinary size of the 2018 webs.

BBC News reports that while it may seem horrifying to those with arachnophobia, it is a seasonal occurrence that's caused by the Tetragnatha genus of spiders.

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Scientists say the arachnids are merely enjoying the attractive weather and availability of food, taking the opportunity to "party".

"The spiders are taking advantage of these conditions, and are having a kind of a party".

Fortunately, the spiders shouldn't cause any permanent damage to the area's plants. "The spiders will have their party and will soon die". 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.

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