The UK has been home to the fatally deadly Black Widow’s slightly less fatal cousin, the False Widow, for around 140 years. It seems that recently, maybe due to the media’s coverage, they have decided to spread from their south coast sunny holiday villa’s, where they were perfectly comfortable and out of sight for 139 years, and spread out across the country.
Thanks for sharing, Dorset. Now we can all expect to wake up with a face sucker…
But it seems they may not be quite so deadly as various sensationalist newspapers would have us believe!
Brits – Man Up a bit. Aussie’s are laughing at us.
Lets get some facts going on…
- They’ve been around for 140 odd years. No-ones been bothered about them until recently.
- Nobody has EVER been killed by one. Not even your mate from the pub’s cousin’s mates sister in law.
- Many of the so called bites have been attributed to the spider even when nobody saw it.
- The hopitalisations have been due to infection, not venom. Could easily happen with any bite/thorn prick.
- The spiders do not live in large groups, waiting for an unsuspecting human to walk by, so they can hunt the human down and feed on the flesh.
Should you be careful? Well, would you provoke a wasp and then be surprised if it stung you? No. You’d probably help the wasp out of the room via a window whilst being a little cautious. Of course, it can give a little nip that will hurt. And if you’re in the very small percentile of the population that suffer from Anaphylaxis or you have heart conditions, then of course you should be extra careful.
One of the above photo’s is a spider bite. Can you figure out which?
Here is a picture we took, after capturing one in a jar then shaking it about a bit to piss it off…
When we released it (at night), i had one of those ‘shit! where is it? is it on my leg??’ moments that caused me to dance like a crazy drunk uncle…