Title How FALSE WIDOW spiders are invading new countries and killing off other insects and wildlife Media name/outlet Mail Online Media type Web Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 25/02/19 Description A large spider which resembles a black widow is spreading rapidly across the world – including the UK – threatening native wildlife species, warn German and British scientists.
The Noble False Widow, Steatoda nobilis, native to Madeira and the Canary Islands, has been present in the South of England for more than a hundred years.
But now, after a long period of stasis, it has recently started to appear in the North of England, plus other new locations around the globe.
Specifically, biologists at the University of Manchester fear they'll attack 'vulnerable native species' in their new environments - prey much larger than the spider's own size. This, in turn, could disrupt the food chain and affect regional ecosystems.
URL https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6742369/How-FALSE-WIDOW-spiders-invading-new-countries-killing-insects-wildlife.html Persons Rainer Breitling Title Noble False Widow spiders are migrating into the north of England Media name/outlet Manchester Evening News Media type Web Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 25/02/19 Description Noble False Widow spiders, which invades by hitching a ride in suitcases and camper vans, have migrated to the north of England.
The spider, native to Madeira and the Canary Islands, has been present in the south of England for more than 100 years.
But it has recently started to appear in the north after a long period of stasis, as well as in new locations in countries around the globe.
Scientists say the Steatoda nobilis spider, which resembles a black widow, is spreading rapidly across the globe and threatening native wildlife species.
URL https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/noble-false-widow-spiders-migrating-15881771 Persons Rainer Breitling Title Black widow spider relatives are spreading across Scotland Media name/outlet The Scotsman Media type Web Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 25/02/19 Description A venomous spider related to the deadly black widow could soon be found widely across Scotland and the UK as it continues to spread to new locations around the globe.
The species, known as the noble false widow, is originally from Madeira and the Canary Island but has been present in the south of England for a century.
URL https://www.scotsman.com/news/black-widow-spider-relatives-are-spreading-across-scotland-1-4879074 Persons Rainer Breitling
- false widow spiders
- climate change