High temperatures have sparked a sexual frenzy among spiders in Greece – causing the creatures to build a vast network of webs across a lagoon.
The lagoon in Aitoliko, Western Greece, is now shrouded in webs, burying vegetation in a mass of spider silk, filled with mating spiders and their young.
The Tetragnatha spiders – known as ‘stretch spiders’ – are known for building enormous webs for mating when it’s hot and humid.
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Professor Maria Chatzaki, at the Democritus University of Thrace said, ‘It’s as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are having a kind of a party.
‘They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation.’
‘There are huge numbers of male and female spiders mating. The spiders will have their party and will soon 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.