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Giant spiderweb cloaks land in Aitoliko, Greece

Plants and palm trees covered in a veil of spider webs Image copyright Giannis Giannakopoulos
Image caption The huge web covers a large area of greenery near a lagoon

Warmer weather conditions in western Greece have led to the eerie spectacle of a 300m-long spiderweb in Aitoliko.

A vast area of greenery has been covered by the web, reports the Daily Hellas.

Experts say it is a seasonal phenomenon, caused by Tetragnatha spiders, which can build large nests for mating.

An increase in the mosquito population is also thought to have contributed to the rise in the number of spiders.

Image copyright Giannis Giannakopoulos
Image caption High temperatures and plenty of food helped create ideal conditions for the creation of the super-web

Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University of Thrace, Greece said high temperatures, sufficient humidity and food created the ideal conditions for the species to reproduce in large numbers.

She told Newsit.gr: "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.

"These spiders are not dangerous for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora.

"The spiders will have their party and will soon die."

Image copyright Giannis Giannakopoulos
Image caption The giant web will not last long

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