A Greek beach has been turned into an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare, as spiders have covered it in a web some 300 metres (1000 foot) long.

As you can see in the video below, its covering everything from trees to shrubs near a lagoon on the shores of the town.

A video, posted to YouTube by Giannis Giannakopoulos, shows the beach at the town of Aitoliko in western Greece under siege from the dense web.

Locals blame Tetragnatha spiders –and their quest to create large nests for mating– for spoiling the majestic scenery. Humidity and the spread of mosquitoes, providing excessive nutrition to the eight-legged creature population, may also have contributed to the unusual cobwebs smothering the plateau and its flora.

They live in many areas around the world, including the US and Europe, and they commonly build their webs near watery habitats. However, the webbing is a normal occurrence, and it’s not dangerous.

“These spiders are not dangerous for humans and will not cause any damage to the area’s flora,” explains molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki from the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece, to Greek news website Newsit.gr.

“The spiders will have their party and will soon die.”

(Photo: Agrinionews.gr)

So, why do they do this? According to Chatzaki, it’s a combination of timing and opportunism.

“When an animal finds abundant food, high temperatures and sufficient humidity, it has the ideal conditions to be able to make large populations,” she explains.

WHAT ARE TETRAGNATHA SPIDERS?

  • Tetragnatha is a genus of spiders that contains many thousands of species.  
  • These spiders are commonly known as stretch spiders.
  • They have a long and elongated body shape that makes them easily recognisable.  
  • They have also been known to spin enormous webs of up to 1,000 feet in the right conditions. 

Tetragnatha is a genus of spiders that contains many thousands of species. These are commonly known as stretch spiders and can spin enormous webs. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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