- 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 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.