A spider similar in appearance to the infamous venomous false widows creating headlines across the UK has been spotted in East Langton.
Mary Pollard sent the Mail this photo of what she believes might be Britain’s most venomous arachnid after spotting it on her bathroom door.
The spider appears blue in Mary’s photo, which she says was because of the flash on her mobile phone camera.
But she said: “The spider was a dark brown with distinct white patterns on its back. It wasn’t very big either, about the size of a 20p coin.
“We aren’t certain that it is a false widow but its unlike anything we’ve seen before.
“We live in the countryside so we get a lot of odd bugs so it might not be a false widow. However seeing as there have been a few spotted now we thought perhaps it is one.”
Mary said her brother killed the spider, which had markings similar to those found on the false widow.
Sightings of the false widow have been spreading across the country as they move into homes to escape the cold.
Though established along the south coast of England for more than 100 years, it has increasingly been sighted further north this year.
In most cases a bite from one of the spiders is little worse than a wasp or bee sting, though some people have suffered allergic reactions.