A school in the Forest of Dean will be closed this week because of the false widow spider. It seems to have invaded the ICT block and other parts of the school. It is the UKs most venomous spider although there are no reported deaths in the 143 years that it has been found in the country. A young footballer was bitten recently and ended up having an operation to clear away the poison and described the whole experience as 'very painful'.
Amazing the sources of inspiration!
The False Widow Spider
Steatoda nobilis arrived in the 1870s
a brown and creamy source of pain.
Its’ bulbous body and reddish extremities
giving access to every room and drain.
Steatoda nobilis likes it warm and dark
it eats its kind and anything that crawls.
A beast unlikely to remain in the park
beware cracks and crevices in your walls.
Steatoda nobilis UKs most venomous spider
is as small as a fifty pence piece and is cool.
The liquid power she wealds inside her
strong enough to drive the children from school.
Steatoda nobilis in the Forest of Dean
will be smokily driven from the school buildings,
by fumigation to render environment clean
but don’t take your eye from its wanderings.
©David L Atkinson October 2013