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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.
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