Factfile: How to identify a false widow spider

A school in Gloucestershire has been forced to close due to an outbreak of false widow spiders.

ITV News Westcountry has provided some information on how to identify a false widow.

  • False widow spiders have a large body, dark brown in colour, ranging from 7mm up to 14mm
  • The body of the spider has a glossy appearance, with a white pattern on the top
  • This kind of spider can generally be found in dry and undisturbed environments, like sheds and outbuildings
  • They are often active at night, and mainly hidden throughout the day, and there is likely to be more than one living in the same place

Source: Natural History Museum

Click here to read more about false widow spiders, and what to do when they bite.

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Spiders cause school closure

The Dean Academy in Gloucestershire will be closed all day today, following an outbreak of false widow spiders.