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Sep 1, 2014 10:47 PM

Spider identification

Hi there, I know this is a long shot but I am looking for any ideas of a spider I was bitten by at a hotel at Gatwick airport. Unfortunately I did not take a photo, or keep it but I can give a good description.


It was about the size of a 20p (body and legs), black in colour with faint grey markings / flecks on it's back and black legs. Legs were in proportion to its body (not long and spindly and it's body was not bulbous). It was hairy/ velvety rather than shiny. I regret not keeping it as I would have loved to know what it was. I would recognise it if I saw a picture if you have any ideas what it could be. Being an airport hotel I was worried it was a foreign spider but have heard british spiders can also give a nasty bite. Any other questions that would help identify it please ask.


It had crawled into my cardigan during the night and as I put it on it gave 3 nasty bites on my arm that felt like thistles in the couple of seconds it took for me to grab it inside my cardigan. It died before I could get it out. The bites started off feeling like a bee sting and came up as white spots, the area quickly became very hot, solid and sweated lots accompanied by pain, throbbing, aching sensation and muscle twitching at the site (pain much worse than a bee or wasp sting) This continued for about 36 hours. There was also a red line from the bite area which worked its way up my arm about 5 - 6 inches. I felt quite disorientated.. Symptoms faded after about 36 hours and then itched for the last 10 days, the bites are not infected but are still visible as pink spots with a marble size lump under the skin of the worst one and itch.


If you have any ideas I would be very grateful to hear.


Best wishes.


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