Monday 16 July 2018

Independent.ie readers share their photos of False Widow spiders - and more

Photo: Paul Harper
Photo: Paul Harper
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

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:

Have you seen any spiders? Send your photos to contact@independent.ie

Read More: False Widow spider is taking over Ireland and is a potential health risk - Irish experts

Photo: Paul Harper
Photo: Paul Harper
"False widow spotted." Photo: Louise Cribbin, Leopardstown
This is a picture of a false widow from my Mother's shed in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork (taken during the summer). Photo: Tara Jagoe
This is a picture of a false widow from my Mother's shed in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork (taken during the summer). Photo: Tara Jagoe
This bad boy is lurking about in Athlone. Photo: Aishling Small
This bad boy is lurking about in Athlone. Photo: Aishling Small
Photo: Florencia Saluzzo, Dublin 12
Photo: Florencia Saluzzo, Dublin 12
"This was in my back garden and have gotten rid of three more since." Photo: Emma Crowe
"Not the cutest of critters". Photo: Eleanor
"We’ve been getting them here for years now. Here’s one I found a few weeks back coming out of my airing cupboard." Photo: Mary Kelly, Cashel, Tipperary
"Found in my shed in Wicklow last week." Photo: Andrew O'Toole
Photo: Ciaran Patrick Doyle
Photo: Ciaran Patrick Doyle
"We have a false widow at work that we leave alone and has been there for 3 years now, she leaves us alone and we leave her alone." Photo: Peter Durnin
"Found these in our shed in Cork." Photo: Sarah-Jayne Redmond.
"This little lady has set up home outside the kitchen window." Photo: Jacinta Moore
"Found these false widow spiders in every single window of my house when I opened out the windows wide." Photo: Pamela O'Brien
Photo: John, Monkstown, Dublin
Photo: Maria Galvan, Cork
Photo: Louise Coyne, Galway
"Cleaned out the garage and the decking this week and found so many of these guys. All HUGE. Are these false widows? Are they dangerous to small kids?" Photo: Hugh O'Keeffe
"This spider has been on my garden shed for months now. It only comes out at night. Over the last year or more I have noticed an increase of spiders that look like this one in my garden." Photo: Lorna Cullen, Dublin
Send us your photos: "Saw it in the garden about a week ago, and it’s not the first time I’ve spotted one with the markings on its back. Petrified!" Photo: Sam Mockus, Dublin
Reader Vanessa Tucker sent us this photo to contact@independent.ie
"This spider has been on my garden shed for months now. It only comes out at night. Over the last year or more I have noticed an increase of spiders that look like this one in my garden." Photo: Lorna Cullen, Dublin
"I have false widows constantly. Here is the latest one I found." Photo: Jane McMahon
A Giant House spider. Photo: Manus Curran
A Giant House spider. Photo: Manus Curran
False Widow Spider. Photo: Manus Curran
False Widow Spider. Photo: Manus Curran

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