The Katipo Spiders belong to the worldwide genus Latrodectus, more commonly known as the widow spiders. All members of this genus share a similar reputation for inflicting unpleasant and sometimes fatal bites on humans.Where do katipos live in New Zealand?
The Katipo Spider prefers grasses, sedges, driftwood and flotsam on sandy beaches throughout New Zealand. The black katipo appears to be confined to the northern half of the North Island, while the true katipo can be found in the southern part of the island.What is the verb for capsulate?
Verb. 1. capsulate - enclose in a capsule. capsule, capsulise, capsulize. enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap - enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering; "Fog enveloped the house". Adj. 1. capsulate - used of seeds or spores that are enclosed in a capsule. capsulated.Are katipo bites dangerous?
Katipo bites are very uncommon and while likely to be unpleasant, are not likely to prove lethal. Typical symptoms include pain at the site of the bite, which may spread to other areas, becoming more intense over the hours that follow.