Sunday 22 April 2018

Black widow spider lays hundreds of eggs in packet of supermarket grapes

The picture the couple posted to Facebook
The picture the couple posted to Facebook
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

A FAMILY got a nasty shock after doing their weekly grocery shop – after a venomous black widow spider laid hundreds of eggs in their grapes.

Richard and Hanna Horsley were about to open the grapes they bought in their local supermarket when they noticed a black and red insect inside the pack.

The pair posted a picture of the insect to Facebook to see if any of their friends knew what it was.

The fruit was imported from Mexico to the Asda store in Sydenham.

The worried couple sealed the bag with sellotape and put it in the bin, before calling the authorities.

However they only later discovered that the insect had laid hundreds of eggs in the fruit as well – some of which had hatched.

Experts say that the black widow can lay up to 400 eggs at a time.

Asda apologised to the customers involved, adding that all grapes are fumigated and cold stored before being sold.

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