Giant hogweed

What does it look like? Giant hogweed is a fairly spectacular looking plant, because it is taller than an adult and can reach as much as five metres tall. It usually looks untidy, and it has white flowers which grow in large clusters reminiscent of cow parsley. It often grows along footpaths and riverbanks. If… More Giant hogweed

Biting spiders

What do they look like? False widow spider False widow spider: They grow to 2 centimetres across and are a dark brown colour with a bulbous abdomen. This spider has a well-deserved reputation as Britain’s most dangerous spider. The spiders are not usually aggressive although adult female false widow spiders are known to have bitten humans. Symptoms… More Biting spiders

Horseflies

What do they look like? Why are they dangerous? Female horseflies have sharp cutting parts which can even saw through the skin of an ox, enabling them to drink their blood. Only the females bite, as they need protein to produce their eggs: the males feed solely on plants. The photograph above of a horsefly… More Horseflies