PICTURES: Sightings of false widow spider plague spreading in Wales
ARACHNIDS are being thrown at us left right and centre following yesterday’s story about a plague of killer false widow spiders heading for Wales.
Pictures of spiders, that is - thankfully.
We’re not sure all of them are false widows - that’s a question for the experts - but some of them certainly look similar to the terrifying arachnid.
Our guide to the photos, which have been sent in from South Wales and other parts of the country is below, and if you have your own pictures, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are an expert, please get in touch and put us out of our misery as to whether any of these are false widows, or just false alarms.
You can read what all the fuss is about in the article related to this story.
PIC 1 - Message from sender: Not sure if this is one and photo not great as it was under the fence panel. Could you let me know what you think please.
PIC2 - Message from sender: Hi, please find attached a photo of a spider I found in my garden this summer that I thought looked unusual, is it a false widow?
PIC3 - Message from sender: Hi, I live in Canton in Cardiff and I found a spider in my house on the 7th Oct which I believe was a false widow spider. I have attached a picture of it.
PIC4 - Message from sender: Can you please tell me wether this is a false black widow? Sighting in Crewe Cheshire
PIC5 - Message from sender: Just saw this outside my bedroom window , not sure if it is one ?
PIC6 - Message from sender: I live in Cardiff and found this in my kitchen back in April !!!
PIC 7a and 7d - Message from sender: Hi there,
not sure if these are false widows, but here are some spiders we thought look similar and were in our garden in Chepstow , and our son’s bathroom in Cheltenham.
PIC 8 - Message from sender: Hey, spotted this spider at work and wondered what it was?
It had a web in between some boxes in a warehouse!
If you have any info that would be great!
PIC 9 - Message from sender: Hi, spotted this crawling towards a crack in the communal door to the flats I live in.
Fleet estate in Dartford, Queens Gardens.
Is this a false widow or just another arachnid.
We took this photo and left it alone.
Any help identifying it would be appreciated.
Scott & Katie Conlan-Jackson
PIC10 a and b - Message from sender: Hello, I'm from Telford and I noticed this spider on my washing on the line the other day. I saw an article with your email on, and I thought out of curiosity I'd ask if this is one of the false widows or something else. Let me know, thanks Adam Washbrook.
NO PIC - Hello i saw the article on false widow spiders when I googled it. I think I am positive I had one above my front door for over 2 weeks.
Every second day I would brush away the huge web thinking it wouldn't come
back, but again and again it did.
I looked very closely from the inside of my door onto the under side of its body. By the way I am terrified of spiders so I was disgusted with the size and look of it.
I remember thinking I have never seen any spider like it before. All night it stayed
in the web I saw it with a daddy long legs eating it. By day it stayed around the frame
of my door hidden.
It had black and coloured markings on its body - very round shape.
I live in a village in the outskirts of Edinburgh.
I'm happy to tell more if required. I think my daughter got a photo of it
I will ask her later today.