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False Widow Spiders in Dormouse Boxes

Earlier this month, Sue Walker encountered a very splendid-looking False Widow Spider inside one of her dormouse boxes (near Salisbury, South Wiltshire). To our knowledge, this is the first time this species has been encountered in this way in Wiltshire – they are frequently encountered in dwellings and outbuildings. As Sue indicates, its another non-target species to look out for in bird/bat/dormouse boxes.

Bill Blumsom (Wiltshire County Spider recorder) kindly circulated some information on this species, drafted by the British Arachnological Society, to help dispel some of the myths associated with this species(and propagated by the media) . See here.

http://srs.britishspiders.org.uk/portal.php/p/False+Widow+Spiders

Thank you to Sue Walker and Bill Blumsom for kindly sharing this information.

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