False Widow Spiders Are Multiplying In The UK And They Are Horrifying

Arachnophobics look away now.

1. This is the False Widow spider. You can tell, because of its distinctive white skull marking.

2. They’ve been in the UK since 1870, but their numbers have increased due to a series of mild winters.

The British Arachnological Society says that they are “extremely abundant” in some places.

3. While there have been several instances reported of bites, it’s worth noting that generally spiders don’t bite.

4. Which means headlines like this are a little OTT.

5. It doesn’t make them any less terrifying though.

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Ailbhe Malone is the UK lifestyle editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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