False widow spiders lay up to 120 eggs at a time

  • 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

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False widow spider 'eats leg'

A man from east London has reportedly been attacked by a venomous spider, known as a 'false widow'. Ricki Whitmore claims the spider bit him causing his leg to swell. He ended up in hospital on an antibiotic drip.