Poisonous spider bites are increasing in the UK from the Noble False Widow 🕷️ Bites aren’t deadly – unlike its lookalike the Black Widow, but have caused school closures and even cardiac arrests.
The False Widow doesn’t drink water – instead thriving from the liquid inside its prey – which it wraps (alive) in a silky thread🕸️before immobilising it with its venom.
The False Widow usually bites humans after being trapped in bedding while the victim is asleep 😴🛌
Authorities encourage people to take a photo of the spider as soon as possible after being bitten to enable identification 📷 Here at Death & Disease we aren’t sure this would be the first thing on our mind after being woken in intense pain!
Thank you to Brenda Avery for the photo of a False Widow in Hampshire