False Widow Spider Venom More Potent Than Native Species

The research was carried out in NUIG.

New research has found the venom of a false widow spider is far more potent than native species here.

The research from NUIG found its bite is 230 times more poisonous than the average Daddy Long-Legs.

The spider originated from the Canary Islands and was first found here in 1999, and its bite has led to some people being treated in hospital.

Wildlife expert and author Eanna Ni Lamhna says this research shows the threat it poses to native spiders in Ireland:

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