Spider Webs Cover Entire Greek Lagoon

The blanket of webbing lets Tetragnatha spiders engage in a mating

A video shows the web's thick blanket cloaking trees, bushes and shrubberies near the shore, with a quick shot of two spiders that appear to be mating.

Thousands of the creatures, known as Tetragnatha spiders, spun the web near a lagoon in Aitoliko to facilitate mating in what experts call a "seasonal phenomenon", according to the BBC.

In short, a giant spider-web of 300 meters long and made by Tetagnatha spiders covers an entire shoreline in Aitoliko, Greece, but unfortunately, the magnificent creation won't last long because, as soon as the spiders mate and lay eggs, they will die.

Local man Giannis Giannakopoulos shared images of a "huge veil" of spider webs - saying that the spiders seemed to be catching and eating a lot of mosquitoes.

The phenomenon is rare, although the webs have appeared before in other parts of the country.

A large number of male and female spiders mate under the webs then produce offspring in an ongoing cycle.

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Behind the phenomenon, Pergantis said, are the spiders' favorite snacks: gnats.

Small mosquito-like insects with a lifespan of two to three days, gnats use most of their existence to reproduce.

With the growth of the gnat population, the spiders also thrive and multiply.

But the spiders' romps will be short-lived, according to British media reports which quoted an interview done by Greek website Newsit.gr.

However, Daily Hellas revealed that the rather eerie scene is a yearly sight for the residents of Aitoliko.

"The spiders will have their party and will soon die".

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