The following is an excerpt from KATHERINE HIGNETT | October 22, 2018 | Newsweek.com |
Hundreds of thousands of spiders have blanketed a Greek lake in an enormous web stretching some 3,300 feet—just in time for Halloween. Local biologists have said that the spooky shroud could grow even larger as “ideal” spider-breeding weather conditions persist.
Unseasonably warm weather sent the numbers of stretch spiders—also known as Tetragnatha—soaring in Lake Vistonida in northeastern Greece, according to The Independent. Warmer temperatures and rising humidity provide excellent conditions for the creepy critters, the publication noted.
Photographs show bushes, trees and even religious shrines coated in swathes of spider silk.
An “abundance” of mosquitoes—a food source for the swarming spiders—contributed to the Tetragnatha boom, local environmental park biologist Euterpe Patetsini told Greek station Alpha TV. “Weather conditions are ideal for them to multiply,” she added.
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