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Venomous Spider Outbreak Shuts British School

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Sightings of "false widow" spiders, which resemble the deadly black widow but aren't as toxic, closed down Dean Academy in Britain Wednesday. Dean Academy in the western Forest of Dean region would shut its doors on Wednesday while experts dealt with the-

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 12:49 am
Scary---poor kids.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 8:56 pm
Interesting, one never knows what kind of spiders turn up. As long as it is not the Sydney Funnel spider...on rare occasions there are some real black widow spiders showing up on transport trucks from other countries.
Would be difficult if some false widows are found in schools.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 9:12 pm
Noted .thanks .

Veronica C (22)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 9:43 pm
That's scary!

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Wednesday October 23, 2013, 10:19 pm

Peggy Johnson (1)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 1:14 am
Wow! This sounds scary! Spiders are one of the things people fear most -- especially if they closely resemble deadly Black Widow spiders..... This is another example of why it is so important for kids to be taught biology and the flora and fauna of the geographic area they live in (including poisonous spiders and other dangerous or lethal creatures). They should also be taught what to do if they (or someone else) are bitten by a spider, snake, wild animal, etc.

Caroline Liddell (11)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 6:08 am
Isn't ecological disruption LOVELY???In the USA,Florida has had the dubious honor of being point zero for a number of invasive species,AND population explosions of other undesirable pest species that were formerly scarce.
We've particularly enjoyed an invasion of"Brown"Widow spiders-these are allegedly less toxic than Black Widows,but they are also less reclusive.I first became aware of them when my mother noticed a huge female brazenly posted on my front door jamb.She was guarding a huge white egg sac.The violin pattern on her abdomen was clearly visible-but the colors were off;brownish orange,with purple/brown shadings..not the Black Widows traditional red+black.Alarmed by her size,and markings,We consulted the net-and learned that these venomous spiders were a recent
problem in Florida.Hmm..guess insect populations have been exploding with climate change(no freezes to limit bugs,plus declining frog and bird populations)-so theres plenty of food for spiders now.Oh,Goody!
This news is almost as nice as the reports of fishermen pulling up nothing but nets full of poisonous jellyfish(with only a few badly stung,thus useless fish among the jellies!)
The famous "Seven plagues of Egypt" were caused by ecological disruption.It is amazing that,2,000+years later,in 2013,humans still persist in their delusion that we are separate from our environment.You would think we would have learned by now!

Caroline S (78)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 10:20 am
Eeeeeeek/ Yuk!!!!!! Spiders are not my friends !! }:-((

Connie O (44)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 2:51 pm
Although I am not afraid of spiders, I wouldn't want to be infested with poisonous ones.

Birgit W (160)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 3:01 pm
Thanks for the article.

Isabelle J (81)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 3:31 pm
Thanks !

Ruth C (87)
Friday October 25, 2013, 5:46 am
Thanks for the article.
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