Family Find Black Widow Spider Giving Birth To Hundreds Of Babies In Asda Grapes

The black widow spider found in the bunch of Asda grapes. (SWNS)
The black widow spider found in the bunch of Asda grapes. (SWNS)


Love grapes? You may think twice after seeing these pictures.

A family got a nasty eight-legged surprise when they spotted a black widow spider giving birth in a bunch of Asda grapes.

Richard and Hanna Horsley were about to tuck into the fruit when they saw the venomous arachnid produce hundreds of offspring.

They had paid £1.45 for a 500g packet of white seedless grapes from their local Asda store in Sydenham, Leamington Spa, Warks., on Tuesday.

The offending grapes bought by the Horsley family. (SWNS)
The offending grapes bought by the Horsley family. (SWNS)


The couple, who had taken the shopping to their home in the town posted a picture of the spider on Facebook in a bid to identify the species.

They were stunned when a friend messaged them saying the spider bore an uncanny resemblance to a black widow spider and advised them to call police.


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The couple, who have three young children, quickly sealed the packet of grapes up with gaffer tape and hurled it in the bin before dialling 999.

Police contacted Geoff Grewcock from Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary who discovered the spider had laid hundreds of eggs in the fruit.

The grapes were bought from an Asda in Leamington Spa. (SWNS)
The grapes were bought from an Asda in Leamington Spa. (SWNS)


Hanna said: 'We couldn't believe it when we saw it. We were terrified and I started crying as I hate all spiders, let alone poisonous black widows.

'We usually let the children help themselves to the grapes, but for some reason my husband did it for them on this occasion, and we're so grateful he did.

'The only grapes in our house will be the liquid kind from now on.'

Mr Grewcock warned the spiders can be 'very venomous'.


He said: 'We went out there and discovered it was a black widow. It has given birth now, though, so there are more black widow spiders.

'We have seen a few babies in there, but they can have up to 400 eggs.'

An Asda spokesman said: 'We take these matters very seriously and have launched an investigation to determine how this particular spider got through our checks.'

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