I recently was bitten several times by a spider or spiders during an outing in southern Virginia, USA. The bites looked really nasty for a couple of days, but are now subsiding and have stopped itching, so I am not worried.

A friend told me that a spider laid her eggs in the arm of one of his friends, and that eventually tiny spiders emerged from the swelling, and a doctor had to cut the wound open, deliver the rest of the spiders, and clean it.

This person is not prone to exaggeration, but I am asking if this is characteristic of one or several species, or not uncommon among all spiders.

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I understand that to be a Myth: Spiders can lay their eggs under human skin in wounds created by their bites.

It always happens to "a friend" not to the person relating the story.

However, there are several bugs that do: 11 Bugs That Will Lay Their Eggs Inside You.

The maggot from the botfly in the first picture looks particularly hideous.

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    +1 Thanks for the warning on the second link!
    – ab2
    Aug 15, 2019 at 21:13

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