ATHENS – A huge spider web appeared on Thursday to have smothered a gigantic expanse of a lakeside village in northern Greece.
The curious phenomenon occurring near Lake Vistonida is due to an increase in temperatures, insects and humidity which led to the freak web spanning 10,000 square meters (32,808 square feet).
According to biologists at the East Macedonia and Thrace National Park, the enormous spider web is completely harmless and will soon disappear when the cold weather starts.
The spiders responsible for the web belong to the Tetragnatha genus species.
Locals, alarmed by the sheer number of spiders that have made their way into homes, requested that authorities take measures against the arachnid invasion.
In September, a similar web (although only 3,000 square kilometers wide) sprung up near another lake, Aitoliko – located 250 km (155 miles) west of Athens.