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Venomous spiders found in UK family's home

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#16    Taun

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:37 PM

View PostCoffey, on 30 August 2012 - 04:58 PM, said:

Ah right, should have guessed that. lol

I heard wolf spiders are venomous over there?

Mildly venomous, a few minutes of discomfort - no recorded cases of any thing serious...

You can actually pick up a wolf spider (slowly) and handle it and it won't attack you... Tonight I will upload a video of a lady holding a momma wolf spider with it's babies on its back...

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:50 PM

A cool thing about Wolf Spiders... if you go outside at night and shine your flashlight (torch for you Brits) at the grass, you can see little green lights looking back at you...

Wolf Spider's have eight eyes, two of which are very large (for its size) and highly reflective... They reflect green light...


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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:30 AM

View PostTaun, on 30 August 2012 - 06:50 PM, said:

A cool thing about Wolf Spiders... if you go outside at night and shine your flashlight (torch for you Brits) at the grass, you can see little green lights looking back at you...

Wolf Spider's have eight eyes, two of which are very large (for its size) and highly reflective... They reflect green light...

That sounds pretty fab, I'd like to see that.


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Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:17 PM

View Postschizoidwoman, on 31 August 2012 - 11:30 AM, said:

That sounds pretty fab, I'd like to see that.

I did a search on Wolf Spiders and their habitat is everywhere on Earth except for Antartica and parts of Greenland... You probably have a sub-species of them right where you live...


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Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:50 PM

This is the video I was going to post last night (but forgot...)  It is a momma Wolf Spider and her babies...




Wolf spiders are very fast - they have been clocked moving at 2 feet (60 cm?) per second which is pretty fast, since they are only 1 to 2 inches (25 - 50 mm) in size themselves...

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:55 AM

Wolf Spiders are awesome. We have numerous species here in the States including the Giant Carolina Wolf Spider (Hogna Carolinensis)



I thought I had read somewhere long ago that England had an isolated introduced population of Latrodectus tredecimguttatus (mediterranean black widow) or maybe it was the cosmopolitan Latrodectus geometricus (brown widow). Strange things happened to memory recall over time. Anyways if that is indeed true then these would be the most venomous spiders in England. Now I am not sure anymore.

Speaking of black widows check out these two exotic species of black widow:

Latrodectus Ex Laos (it has painted flames)

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Latrodectus corallinus from Argentina

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Latrodectus curacaviensis from Lesser Antilles, South America

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:05 AM

There's this widow up at where I work. My boss and I have kept a pretty close eye on her and have decided will let her stay cause she's pretty out in the open and all. Since she's shown up, she's caught a bunch of roaches in her web. We just watch her web to make sure she's not gonna make a egg case or anything. It's pretty cool to watch her move about her cobweb.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:22 AM

View PostHasina, on 03 September 2012 - 08:05 AM, said:

There's this widow up at where I work. My boss and I have kept a pretty close eye on her and have decided will let her stay cause she's pretty out in the open and all. Since she's shown up, she's caught a bunch of roaches in her web. We just watch her web to make sure she's not gonna make a egg case or anything. It's pretty cool to watch her move about her cobweb.

General rule of thumb, black widows leave people alone if people leave them alone. Widows are pretty much confined to their cobwebs their whole lives. They are not a wandering species of spider by nature.

Back to the subject of your widow, dont be surprised if she is spotted guarding an eggsack eventually when a tiny harmless male does comes along. Once the young hatch and are ready to leave home, they will parachute on the wind to find a home of their own.

But yeah, she isnt going to hurt anybody. It is widows in dark and confined spaces that present  a potential danger like in garages, attics, basements, inside the home, lawn furniture, outhouses, etc.

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