Are False Widow spiders in Sheffield? Your pictures and the expert’s verdict

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Nasty spiders with a horror bite - lots of Sheffielders claim to have seen false widow spiders but are they really here?

That’s the message from a Sheffield spider expert after The Star was flooded with photos of our eight-legged friends.

Found this in my garden which look uncannily like what another paper printed of a false widow spider
Dee [deehowarth@yahoo.com]
This one is a pretty typical Cross Spider, Araneus diadematus.  Really common and completely harmless.

Alistair



Alistair McLean
Curator of Natural Science

Found this in my garden which look uncannily like what another paper printed of a false widow spider Dee [deehowarth@yahoo.com] This one is a pretty typical Cross Spider, Araneus diadematus. Really common and completely harmless. Alistair Alistair McLean Curator of Natural Science

Readers got in touch with pictures of creepy-crawlies after our story about housewife Michelle Beet, of Parson Cross, who thought she might have discovered a poisonous noble false widow spider in her garden.

 

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