Poisonous Spider Found in North Wales

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A noble false widow spider found in Prestatyn Mike Jones A noble false widow spider found in Prestatyn

POISONOUS spiders could be invading homes, sheds and gardens in North Wales thanks to global warming.

Mike Jones found a "strange looking" spider in his shed last year and this year spotted "baby spiders" with the same markings. 

"I was just about to cut the grass and opened the shed and saw this spider on the door frame," said Mr Jones who lives in Prestatyn.

"It was surrounded by carcasses of dead beetles and woodlice and looked chunkier than the normal spiders you find around the house.

"I took a photo with my mobile phone then went into the house to get a container to put it in.

"When I went back to the shed the spider had gone so I moved a few things around but it had disappeared.

"I sent the photo to the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and they emailed me back saying it was an invasive species called a noble false widow spider.

"They sent me a link which explained that this spider does have a 'more toxic' bite than native species," he said.

According to the link sent to Mr Jones from the British Arachnological Society (BAS) bites from noble false widow spiders have been "compared to a wasp sting".

It adds:

"The pain is usually short-lived and (in rare cases) may result in feeling unwell for a day or so.

"The neurotoxins in the venom don't cause the bacterial infections - or 'necroses' - often attributed to spider bites in the press.

"The noble false widow is native to the Canary Islands and Madeira probably repeatedly imported into this country with bananas"

Teaching assistant Christy Williams also had an encounter with an "odd looking spider" when he tried to throw it out of his house.

" I'm normally pretty good with spiders and I'll quite happily walk around the house with one in my hand," said Mr Williams.

"For the first attempt I picked this spider up but it fell out of my hand and I lost it.

Woodlouse Spider Photo: Christy Williams

"Then I saw it again about twenty minutes later and I picked it up to throw it out.

"Normally when I throw spiders out I see where they go and they trundle off.

"I shook my hand to throw it out but couldn't see where it had gone.

"When I looked again it was still there and I thought how the hell has it stuck to my hand.

"I had given it a good shake to launch it into the garden and I couldn't understand why it was still there.

"Thankfully I managed to get rid of it on my second attempt and I didn't get a bite.

"I had taken a photo and someone said it was a woodlouse spider and when I looked it up a description said it had "quite big fangs" and could give you a 'nasty bite'," he said.

According to the BAS website the woodlouse spider is a native species and uses its large fangs to bite through the tough shell of woodlice.

Photographer Don Jackson-Wyatt used some of his time during the lockdown to explore the tiny wildlife in his garden.

Using macro photography Don was able to post "fascinating" and "stunning" images on social media and one of his most popular shots was of a jumping spider.

Don said the Jumping spider in the photo supplied was 5mm long and found in an exterior wall in his garden in Denbigh.

Last modified onFriday, 24 July 2020 13:45

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