Spiders build 1,000-foot web shrouding entire lagoon in silk

Giannis Giannakopoulos posted this video of the spider web to YouTube.

An increase in the number of mosquitoes in the area is thought to have given rise to high numbers of the arachnids, also known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies.

A Greek beach has been turned into an arachnophobe's worst nightmare, as spiders have covered it in a web some 300 metres long.

A soft, white blanket of webbing formed near a lagoon in western Greece, reportedly allowing a massive mating "party" to ensue between spiders in the town of Aitoliko.

The web has been built by spiders of the Tetragnatha genus.

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.

Such an incident is not completely unheard of in Aitoliko as the phenomenon is known to be seasonal.

Though those with phobias may find the sudden presence frightening, experts say these spiders aren't risky to humans and were likely just taking advantage of favorable mating conditions.

Tetragnatha spiders, Live Science reports, are known for their long, ovular bodies, even dubbed as "stretch spiders" because of it.

Sadly, the eight-legged architects will soon die off, leaving the web to degrade naturally. Their large and thick webs are good not just for mating, but also for both nesting and catching prey.

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