In Pics: A Greek Town Infested With Spiders, Covered In Giant Webs

In pictures: Eerie spiderweb covers entire shoreline in Greece

The greenery surrounding the lagoon in Aitoliko is buried in thick, sticky cobwebs.

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.

While the giant spider-web in Aitoliko, Greece, might look freakish, the phenomenon is not at all harmful for humans, animals in the region, or the local flora. There are hundreds of species of these spiders that live in various parts of the world.

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Behind the phenomenon, Pergantis said, are the spiders' favorite snacks: gnats.

"These spiders are not risky for humans, and will not cause any damage", molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki told local news websites.

Thousands of the creatures, known as Tetragnatha spiders, spun the web near a lagoon in Aitoliko to facilitate mating in what experts call a "seasonal phenomenon", according to the BBC.

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But the spiders' romps will be short-lived, according to British media reports which quoted an interview done by Greek website Newsit.gr.

"When animal finds abundant food, high temperatures and sufficient humidity, it has the ideal conditions to be able to make larger population", she added. "It's the ecosystem's natural reactions and once the temperatures begin to drop and the gnat populations die out, the spider populations will decrease as well". They thrive in hot, humid temperatures and continue to reproduce during that time.

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