Independent.ie readers share their photos of False Widow spiders - and more
The False Widow spider is taking over Ireland and is an invasive species with a detrimental effect on native species, Irish researchers have found.
The researchers from the Ryan Institute in NUIG found that the False Widow is a fast-breeding and competitive species.
In Ireland, False Widow spiders live close to buildings and houses inhabited by people. They only survive in cities and not in rural areas.
Dublin, Cork and Wexford have the highest number of False Widows to date.
This morning, we asked Independent.ie readers to send in their photos of False Widow spiders. The response has been phenomenal. Below are some of the photos we've received - some of which are of False Widows, and some of which are not.
Take a look below:
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