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Bitten by a Spider


I was in the garden yesterday splitting my Agapanthus which had been in the same pots for over 3 years.
I had watered them the day before so it was easier to separate the roots although I had to saw them into sections in the end with a small tree saw.
As they had been in pots I had filled the bottom with gravel which had become enveloped in the huge white roots so I spent much of my time with the plant upside down between my knees scratching the gravel out from the roots.
Little did I know that hiding in the bottom of one of the root balls in between all the gravel and dark wet soil was a spider. I used to be terrified of them, but over the past 4 years having a daughter who is fascinated, I have taught myself to understand and even handle them.
I was digging around with my fingers when I suddenly felt a painful sensation under my fingernail which felt like a bee sting, I thought I had found a splinter which had pushed itself under my nail, but this bizarre looking spider dropped into the wheelbarrow!
It was an amazing colour, red legs, a dark maroon body and a creamy pearl body. I grabbed my camera and took some pictures of it just in case I needed any medical attention then popped it into one of my daughters bug traps. She thought it was fascinating and spent the afternoon painting a picture of it!
I just felt a painful throbbing, a swollen finger and I had to cut off the nail where I have got 2 puncture marks.
I identified this little devil as a ‘Woodlouse Spider’ Dysdera crocata. They are seen as one of the only few spiders in the UK to be able to bite through human skin, not poisonous but can have an allergic reaction.

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Ouch!! not seen that one before andrea! there is a HUGE wolf spider in my shed and i mean HUGE, frightens the life out of me when i go in, even though he scuttles off and i think he's more scared of me than i am of him (well nearly LOL), my daughter loves them too and usually gets them out of the house for me its the way they scuttle and run that i don't like!!

5 Apr, 2009


I've never seen 1 of them before hope you will be ok.

5 Apr, 2009


Quick thinking on your part with the camera. Bet that had the adrenaline coursing through you - it's scary when we hit on something we don't know like that.

5 Apr, 2009


Oh, I'm fine I didn't panic at all. I was concerned because I had never seen anything like that before even when I lived on the Isle of Wight before. When it is unknown and it has just bitten you and you hear stories of more poisonous/venomous spiders being found in this country you have to be prepared. My finger still throbs and is really sore, but I'm not ill, just cranky!

5 Apr, 2009


Well I never!
I hope your finger is feeling better today.
In future I shall look more closely at any spiders I come across.

6 Apr, 2009


Did it bite right through your fingernail Andrea? It must have some pretty strong fangs to do that. Ouch!! It must hurt.

7 Apr, 2009


It didn't bite through my fingernail, just under it, my nail wasn't that long and my finger must have invaded its territory as I was scratching the gravel out of the roots. It feels much better now, not sore and the independent pulse seems to have gone

7 Apr, 2009

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