The locals in the picturesque town of Aitoliko, Greece woke up to the odd sight on Monday, Sept. 17: a 1,000-foot blanket of spider webs cloaking the entire eastern coast of the lagoon, according to Daily Hellas. True to their name, stretch spiders are longer than your average spider. In 2015, a similar event was reported with Tetragnatha spiders in Dallas, Texas where webbing took over a "football-field" length area. According to the scientists, however, the Tetragnatha spiders are usually building such large webs for mating purposes, and this phenomenon is occurring seasonally.
It's thought the region's high temperatures and an increase in the mosquito population provided the ideal conditions for the creepy-crawlies.
"They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation", Maria Chatzaki, a professor of molecular biology and genetics at the Democritus University of Thrace, tells Newsit.gr as translated by BBC News.
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Though those with phobias may find the sudden presence frightening, experts say these spiders aren't unsafe to humans and were likely just taking advantage of favorable mating conditions. "The spiders will have their party and will soon die".
They are known to build webs near watery habitats such as the lagoon - creating mating dens. She has worked as a senior manager in public relations and communications for major telecommunication companies, and is the former Deputy Director for Media Relations with the Modern Coalition.