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- The spiders are usually coloured purple and black spiders
- They feast on insects and sometimes other spiders
- Female 'false widows' lay up to 120 eggs at a time
A number of videos on YouTube appear to show the 'false widow' spider in action.
Ricki Whitmore says the spiders started running towards him before biting his leg. Speaking to the Daily Star he said:
Ricki's wife Carrie added:
A man from east London has reportedly been attacked by a venomous spider, known as a 'false widow'. Ricki Whitmore claims the creature bit him, causing his leg to swell. He ended up in hospital on an antibiotic drip. Speaking to the Daily Star he said:
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There have been several reports of people being bitten by false widow spiders. Here's how to recognise them and what to do if they bite.