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Spider Explosion: Giant Web Covers Greek Town in Mystery Phenomenon

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posted on Sep, 20 2018 @ 10:01 AM
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Halloween is still more than a month away, but yesterday I noticed several Seattle houses already decorated with fake cobwebs and tombstones (one house in my neighborhood displays a "life-size" crashed flying saucer on the front lawn every year).

Aitoliko, a village in Greece, doesn't need fake decorations, because an entire beach has been covered with eerie looking spider webs! They remind me a bit of caterpillar infestations, but these webs are oddly attractive to me whereas the caterpillar webs slightly disgust my senses. What do you think? Gross or beautiful?

NEWSWEEK SOURCE ARTICLE


Warm temperatures and an abundance of food prompted an explosion in the spider population of a Greek seaside town—and their cobwebs have now blanketed a 300-meter expanse of the shoreline. Video footage shot in the western town of Aitoliko shows the webs covering everything from street signs to grass and palm trees in a veil of silk, with what appears to be hundreds of spiders lurking underneath. According to Greek news website the DailyHellas.com, the webs stretched for 300m. A genus of spider known as the Tetragnatha wove the webs, Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, told Newsit.gr.


Warm temperatures, perfect humidity levels for the creepy crawlies and a spike in mosquitos—which they feast on— caused the boom in the population of Tetragnatha in the seaside town, she said. The spiders themselves are relatively small, but are capable of creating large swaths of silk under which to mate. The phenomenon usually happens towards the end of summer or in the early autumn when conditions are perfect. This occurs once every three to five years.



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posted on Sep, 20 2018 @ 10:03 AM
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That is how i envision hell..



posted on Sep, 20 2018 @ 10:14 AM
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NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE

NOPE

even though the spiders that wove them are small, I would still run away in terror



posted on Sep, 20 2018 @ 10:16 AM
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In Greek mythology Arachne was a craftsman that challenged Athena and was turned into a spider .

There’s that .
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posted on Sep, 20 2018 @ 11:12 AM
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This is far from an isolated phenomenon. In May 2015, spiders rained from the sky in the town of Goulburn and similarly covered an expanse of greenery with cotton candy-like webs


GD eight legged freaks.



posted on Sep, 20 2018 @ 11:25 AM
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That would freak me out!
To me, if you can see it, it's huge. LOL








posted on Sep, 20 2018 @ 11:41 AM
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Hell. NO.




posted on Sep, 20 2018 @ 12:16 PM
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Spiders that completely cover towns with webs is no pet for a kid. Get them a dog, they'll be happier for it.




posted on Sep, 20 2018 @ 12:25 PM
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Awwww cute

So they made their webs and claimed their space for a while, then they'll disappear for another 5 years or so.
Don't be mean... they have to live somewhere too!
Harmless little critters!



posted on Sep, 20 2018 @ 12:25 PM
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Only thing to do is burn the town down and start over.



posted on Sep, 20 2018 @ 12:39 PM
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Thank the Gods they are harmless

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There are no known adverse effects of Tetragnatha versicolor on humans. The species is venomous, but its bite is not known to be harmful to humans.



posted on Sep, 20 2018 @ 01:40 PM
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I have seen similar giant webs in coastal Texas swampy areas.
I'd rather have millions of spiders than millions of mosquitoes.



posted on Sep, 21 2018 @ 12:42 AM
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Let 'em take care of the mosquito and other insect problems. Then have some silk(if usable enough) left over to use.



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