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Photos: Spiders have blanketed another Greek beach with massive webs

Reuters/Alexandros Avramidis
There’s a spider party happening here.
By Johnny Simon
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Just last month, a strange phenomenon the popped up on the shores of a Greek lagoon led the world to let out a yelping, horrified “Oh, hell no.”

In September, a massive cobweb sprouted up among the vegetation in Aitoliko, marking a seasonal spider tradition of mating, feeding and raising their young, essentially an eight-legged bacchanal.

Now, just in time for Halloween, the spiders have struck again—this time in Greece’s northeast.

According to Greek media, the spiders have draped their webs over nearly a kilometer of vegetation around Lake Vistonida. Photos from today (Oct. 19) showcase the tangled empire at sunrise.

The sight of the webs covering trees, bushes and roadside shrines may appear to augur some kind of arachnid-induced rapture, but the increase in the structures  is said to be harmless.

Reuters/Alexandros Avramidis
Spider webs blanket shrubs on the banks of Lake Vistonida.
Reuters/Alexandros Avramidis
Cobwebs cover all manor of vegetation, from shrubs to an entire tree.
Reuters/Alexandros Avramidis
Spider webs blanket trees and bushes on the banks of Lake Vistonida.
Reuters/Alexandros Avramidis
A roadside religious shrine wasn’t immune.
Reuters/Alexandros Avramidis
Not an entire church, just a small shrine. But covered.

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