Spiders' mating season cloaks Greek seaside with giant web

The webs are said to cover herbs and palm trees on the stretch of land. Pic Giannis Giannakopoulos

The webs are said to cover herbs and palm trees on the stretch of land. Pic Giannis Giannakopoulos

The area has been identified as the town of Aitoliko in western Greece by media reports, with the phenomenon attributed to mating spiders.

The Tetragnatha spiders - known as "stretch spiders" - are known for building enormous webs for mating when it's hot and humid.

The freakish sight was the work of spiders from the genus Tetragnatha - otherwise known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. There are hundreds of species of these spiders that live in various parts of the world.

"When an animal finds abundant food, high temperatures and sufficient humidity, it has the ideal conditions to be able to make large populations", she said.

In the interview, Democritus University of Thrace assistant professor Maria Chatzaki said: "The spiders will have their party and die soon".

"These spiders are not unsafe for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora", she told Greek outlet Newsit.

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

The cobweb has completely swamped vegetation on the beach.

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

'They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation'.

"It is probably a reaction of nature to balance the system by limiting mosquitoes", he wrote.