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Arachnid Paradise: Greek Lake Gets Govered in Gigantic Spider Webs

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The shores of Lake Vistonida in Greece were transformed into a truly surreal landscape as they became blanketed in massive spider webs.

This peculiar phenomenon was apparently caused by unusually warm weather which led to an increase in the mosquito population and therefore triggered an overpopulation of spiders that feed on these insects.

The spiders are from the genus Tetragnatha, known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. They are known to build webs near watery habitats, with some species even said to be able to walk on water.

© REUTERS / Alexandros AvramidisThe sun rises as spider webs blanket bushes at the banks of Lake Vistonida, Greece, October 19, 2018.
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The sun rises as spider webs blanket bushes at the banks of Lake Vistonida, Greece, October 19, 2018.
© REUTERS / Alexandros AvramidisA man carries a branch as spider webs blanket shrubs at the banks of Lake Vistonida, Greece, October 19, 2018.
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A man carries a branch as spider webs blanket shrubs at the banks of Lake Vistonida, Greece, October 19, 2018.
© REUTERS / Alexandros AvramidisThe sun rises as spiders are seen on their web at the banks of Lake Vistonida, Greece, October 19, 2018.
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The sun rises as spiders are seen on their web at the banks of Lake Vistonida, Greece, October 19, 2018.
© AFP 2021 / Sakis MitrolidisBirds fly over on a unique 1,000 m long spider-web covering the road beside the Vistonida lake, near Xanthi, northern Greece, on October 18, 2018. - Warmer weather conditions in Greece and an increase in the mosquito population are thought to have contributed to the rise in the number of spiders. The spiders are from the genus Tetragnatha, known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. They are known to build webs near watery habitats, with some species even said to be able to walk on water. (
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Birds fly over on a unique 1,000 m long spider-web covering the road beside the Vistonida lake, near Xanthi, northern Greece, on October 18, 2018. - Warmer weather conditions in Greece and an increase in the mosquito population are thought to have contributed to the rise in the number of spiders. The spiders are from the genus Tetragnatha, known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. They are known to build webs near watery habitats, with some species even said to be able to walk on water. (
© REUTERS / Alexandros AvramidisSpider webs blanket shrubs at the banks of Lake Vistonida, Greece, October 19, 2018.
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Spider webs blanket shrubs at the banks of Lake Vistonida, Greece, October 19, 2018.
© REUTERS / Alexandros AvramidisSpider webs blanket trees and bushes at the banks of Lake Vistonida, Greece, October 19, 2018.
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Spider webs blanket trees and bushes at the banks of Lake Vistonida, Greece, October 19, 2018.
© REUTERS / Alexandros AvramidisSpider webs cover a roadside shrine at the banks of Lake Vistonida, Greece, October 19, 2018.
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Spider webs cover a roadside shrine at the banks of Lake Vistonida, Greece, October 19, 2018.
© REUTERS / Alexandros AvramidisSpider webs blanket shrubs at the banks of Lake Vistonida, Greece, October 19, 2018.
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Spider webs blanket shrubs at the banks of Lake Vistonida, Greece, October 19, 2018.
© REUTERS / Alexandros AvramidisREFILE - CORRECTING GRAMMAR Spider webs cover a roadside shrine at the banks of Lake Vistonida, Greece, October 19, 2018.
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REFILE - CORRECTING GRAMMAR Spider webs cover a roadside shrine at the banks of Lake Vistonida, Greece, October 19, 2018.
© AFP 2021 / Sakis MitrolidisA photo shows spiders on a unique 1,000 m long spider-web covering the road beside the Vistonida lake, near Xanthi, northern Greece, on October 18, 2018. - Warmer weather conditions in Greece and an increase in the mosquito population are thought to have contributed to the rise in the number of spiders. The spiders are from the genus Tetragnatha, known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. They are known to build webs near watery habitats, with some species even said to be able to walk on water.
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A photo shows spiders on a unique 1,000 m long spider-web covering the road beside the Vistonida lake, near Xanthi, northern Greece, on October 18, 2018. - Warmer weather conditions in Greece and an increase in the mosquito population are thought to have contributed to the rise in the number of spiders. The spiders are from the genus Tetragnatha, known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. They are known to build webs near watery habitats, with some species even said to be able to walk on water.
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