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Greek spiders spin giant web over shore

Associated Press
Trees, bushes and seaside vegetation along a beach at Aitoliko, in western Greece, are covered in thick spiders' webs. The spiders in Aitoliko seem spurred into overdrive by an explosion in populations of insects they eat, thousands of little spiders in the western town have spun a sticky white line extending for a few hundred meters along the shoreline.

Athens, Greece – It’s not quite the World Wide Web – but the spiders of Aitoliko in Greece have made a good start.

Spurred into overdrive by an explosion in the populations of insects they eat, thousands of little spiders in the western Greek town have shrouded coastal trees, bushes and low vegetation in thick webs.

Trees, bushes and seaside vegetation along a beach at Aitoliko, in western Greece, are covered in thick spiders' webs.

The sticky white lines extend for a few hundred yards along the shoreline of Aitoliko, built on an artificial island in a salt lagoon near Missolonghi, 150 miles west of Athens.

Experts told local media that the numbers of lake flies, a nonbiting midge, have rocketed amid humid late summer conditions. Spiders, which fancy the flies, reproduced fast to take full advantage of the feast.

The spiders in Aitoliko seem spurred into overdrive by an explosion in populations of insects they eat, have spun a sticky white line extending for a few hundred meters along the shoreline.

Residents say the extensive spider webs have another benefit: keeping down mosquitoes.