Spiders build 1000-foot web shrouding entire lagoon in silk

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A 300-metre-long spider web that has covered the beach in Aitoliko, Greece has been making rounds on the internet, having covered everything from vegetation to the surface of the water.

According to local experts, its a seasonal phenomenon caused by Tetrahnatha spiders, which build large nests for mating in during the warmer weather.

Arachnophobics, beware - a massive spiderweb in a small town in western Greece has blanketed almost a 1,000-foot expanse of the region's coast.

Greek local and photographer Giannis Giannakopoulos captured stunning photographs and a video of the webs.

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It's thought the region's high temperatures and an increase in the mosquito population provided the ideal conditions for the creepy-crawlies.

Thankfully for residents, however, the species are harmless.

"These spiders are not risky for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora", she told Greek outlet Newsit.

In the interview, Democritus University of Thrace assistant professor Maria Chatzaki said: "The spiders will have their party and die soon".

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The spider web's industrious creators, known as "stretch spiders" for their long and slender bodies, are of the genus Tetragnatha.

The spiders are not unsafe for people and will not cause any damage to the area's flora.

'They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation'.

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