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Warm weather has increased population of gnats and mosquitoes causing an overpopulation of spiders who feed off them | © AFP | Sakis MITROLIDIS

 

Unseasonally warm weather prompted hundreds of thousands of tiny spiders to make Lake Vistonida in northern Greece their home.

Lake Vistonida in northern Greece has become an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare after it was cloaked recently by massive webs spun by hundreds of thousands of small spiders.

Biologists say the recent phenomenon, though rare, is not unheard of and is caused by unseasonally warm weather prompting an increase in the local population of mosquitoes and gnats.

“It’s caused by an overpopulation of spiders…there is an abundance of food available,” local environmental park biologist Euterpe Patetsini told Alpha TV.

Draped over roadside bushes, fences and small trees, the webs have a combined length of about 1,000 metres.

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“Weather conditions are ideal for them to multiply,” she said.
 

The spiders are from the genus Tetragnatha, known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. They are known to build webs near watery habitats, with some species even said to be able to walk on water.

A similar case was noted in the western Greek coastal town of Aetoliko last month.

The webs are expected to recede as temperatures drop and heavier rainfall sets in.

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source: https://citizen.co.za/news/news-world/2025410/massive-spider-web-engulfs-greek-lake/

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Holy crap. That'd be cool to see in real life.

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Whoah, now that is a bad case of the crabs...

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Are they preparing the spot for a Halloween party? damn bright and wild nature.

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Amazing what can be done when so many work together to make something more efficient.  Over population has its benefits and negatives I suppose.  Wonder if the bird and lizard population increased with it as well?  I imagine it did

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I see now why Flamethrowers were ever invented.

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6 minutes ago, Major Stalvern said:

I see now why Flamethrowers were ever invented.

To arm the spiders for war? 

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1 hour ago, CheepHeep said:

To arm the spiders for war? 

No, they are used by ravenous mobs of chickens to create a rain of fried spiders to fall at their feet.  

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Some smarty pants needs to figure WHY all that web is valuable and then collect it!  Pretty darn amazing phenomena!

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