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UK's most venomous spider spotted in Marazion greenhouse

By DaveCDM  |  Posted: January 21, 2014

The spider found in Marazion

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A poisonous noble false widow spider has been found in a greenhouse in Marazion.

The spiders, which hit the headlines last year as the UK's most venomous species, have been known to bite humans, with the effects similar to that of a bee sting.

The Marazion arachnid was discovered by Dr Malcolm Brown, who said: "I don't mind spiders, but I didn't like the look of this one as it had a whitish mark on its back.

"I took a picture of it and sent it off to the Natural History Museum."

The experts at the museum quickly identified it as a noble false widow, and advised Dr Brown that he should not be too worried by his greenhouse guest.

He said: "This species has been mentioned in a number of recent media reports.

"The expert said that there is no need to panic as this is not a 'deadly' spider by any stretch of the imagination, but they are known to bite but typically the bite is no worse than a wasp sting.

"However, people who are particularly allergic may suffer an adverse reaction and in that case are advised to contact their doctor or A&E without delay."

The noble false widow is believed to have been resident in the UK for more than a century, having first arrived on boats into the south of England.

They have since spread north, and can now be found almost anywhere south of Scotland.

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  • jerryafernand  |  January 22 2014, 4:47AM

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  • Restart  |  January 21 2014, 2:33PM

    I found a bee in my house during the summer. Would anybody from The West Briton care to come and interview me about my terrifying ordeal?

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  • todge91  |  January 21 2014, 12:53PM

    I found one in my house the other day. should I have issued a press release?

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  • Jonny2010  |  January 21 2014, 12:37PM

    Wasn't this November's scare story theme?

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  • newactivist  |  January 21 2014, 11:52AM

    the media reports caused a hysterical vendetta against another species, for no good reason, other than to cause some excitement. A school was closed and pupils sent home while fumigation was carried out. I wish we had responsible and truthful media.

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