A lagoon in western Greece is beginning to look extra like an deserted house’s basement than a picturesque shoreline. The greenery surrounding the lagoon in Aitoliko is buried in thick, sticky cobwebs.
The webs are crammed with Tetragnatha spiders — often called “stretch spiders” for his or her lengthy our bodies. There are a whole lot of species of those spiders that dwell in varied components of the world.
Wildlife specialists say it is not unusual for spiders to construct huge nests for mating, particularly when it is scorching and humid towards the tip of summer time.
Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus College of Thrace, informed Newsit Greece’s excessive temperatures are creating the right local weather for replica.
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“It is as if the spiders are benefiting from these situations and are having a sort of a celebration. They mate, they reproduce and supply a complete new era,” Chatzaki informed the Greek information website, in response to a translation from the BBC.
Thankfully, the spiders should not trigger any everlasting injury to the realm’s crops. Plus, they most likely will not stick round too lengthy.
“There are big numbers of female and male spiders mating [underneath the webs],” Chatzaki stated. “The spiders can have their occasion and can quickly die.”
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Native Giannis Giannakopoulos shared footage Monday of what he described as a “unusual and unprecedented spectacle” on his Fb web page, garnering dozens of shares.
Giannakopoulos stated it appeared the spiders had been gathering on the jap facet of the seaside, including there was a “big veil” of them protecting palm bushes and different vegetation. He famous they appeared to be catching loads of mosquitoes.
“It’s most likely a response of nature to steadiness the system by limiting mosquitoes,” he wrote.