Story: Spiders and other arachnids

Katipō spiders

Katipō spiders

The female katipō (left) is much larger than the male, and has a large red stripe on its upper surface. Only the female is capable of biting humans.

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Simon Pollard, 'Spiders and other arachnids - Venomous spiders', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 October 2023)

Story by Simon Pollard, published 24 Sep 2007