Giant spider web stretches 1,000 feet across lagoon: They're having "a party".
According to Molecular Biologist Maria Chatzaki, "when an animal finds abundant food, high temperatures and sufficient humidity, it has the ideal conditions to be able to make large populations". Residents say the extensive spider webs have another benefit: keeping down mosquitoes.
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Although neither the gnats or the spiders are risky to humans, CNN predicts getting rid of the webs will require a lot of dusting.
The lagoon in Aitoliko is now shrouded in webs, burying vegetation in a mass of spider silk, filled with mating spiders and their young.
According to Science Alert, the spiders are likely from the Tetragnatha genus - commonly known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. "This phenomenon has arisen from a population explosion of this spider". They thrive in hot, humid temperatures and continue to reproduce during that time. In 2015, a similar event was reported with Tetragnatha spiders in Dallas, Texas where webbing took over a "football-field" length area.