Met my first false widow today!

Apr 24, 2024 | False widow stories | 0 comments

This morning, a fresh sunny day in April in coastal Galway, just as we were getting the kids ready to leave for school, a false widow spider started making it’s way from the front door across our hallway. It wasn’t moving too quickly so I was able to get an envelope to put under it and then take it outside.

Once outside, I immediately noticed it shot something out of itself and I don’t know if it was venom from the front or web silk from the back! It was shot away from me so not a concern. I took it over to a stone wall and put it down and it quickly jumped into the grass.

Later that day, we found three more! One dead one in our kitchen, one in a bedroom and one in the bathroom. Our house is very active and deep cleaned at least twice a week so I’ve found it surprising to suddenly have 4 in one day.

We got a picture of it on the envelope outside and you can see it’s hairy legs and round bulbous abdomen. None were aggressive or problematic, and I’m curious if I’ll find any more. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for webs!

Shona, Galway

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