The warmer climate conditions in western Greece have led to a freaky phenomenon.
In recent days, the webs have draped plants, trees and boats along the lagoon in Aitoliko, a town of canals that's otherwise known as Greece's "Little Venice". However, the odd occurrence is not unusual for scientists.
Wildlife experts say it's not uncommon for spiders to build massive nests for mating, especially when it's hot and humid toward the end of summer. This isn't an ordinary spider web, not even a very large one - it covers green landscape in a think blanket of webbing, giving a creepy wake-like appearance. A Greek scientist said an increase in the bloodsuckers' population this year contributed to the situation.
The thick, fuzzy covering comes from Tetragnatha spiders, a type of spider that frequents tropical climates, as Maria Chatzaki, a biology professor at Greece's Democritus University of Thrace, told Newsit.
"It's as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are having a kind of a party", she told Greek media.
'They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation'. "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".
"These spiders are not unsafe for humans, and will not cause any damage", molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki told local news websites. Jasmine writes primarily in our LGBTTQQIAAP and Science section.