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May 8, 2014 9:37 PM

Lace spider or false widow

This spider was in my kitchen yesterday evening, I regularly handle spiders as I love them as do my kids. This looks suspiciously like a lace spider or a false widow, can you please confirm as if it's a false widow I need to tell my kids not to pick it up! Many thanks.

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    May 9, 2014 11:12 AM (in response to Flygirl)
    Re: Lace spider or false widow

    Hi Flygirl,

     

    It's not a false widow, much more likely to be a lace weaver from the photos provided.

     

    I still wouldn't recommend picking them up, whilst not as infamous as false widows, they have a reputation for giving the odd nip. There shouldn't be any lasting symptoms beyond localised swelling & discomfort for a day or two, but better safe than sorry.

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