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False Widow

Joanne Lawday False widow Norwich Spider x factor

Is it just me or does this look suspiciously like one of those false widow spiders that seem to be dominating the news lately?  It was only recently that I was rolling my eyes at the panic surrounding what are reportedly non-aggressive, venomous-but-not-life-threatening spiders.    Blamed for everything from near-amputations to a school closure, I couldn't help but think that this was just a lot of excitement and fuss about nothing.  I mean, surely you're more likely to get stung by a bee than a false widow spider and even then don't you have to have some kind of adverse...

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