An arachnophobic mum was horrified when she found a killer black widow spider in a box of supermarket grapes. Kimberley Seymour, 33, got the fright of her life after finding the lethal juvenile spider alive in a punnet of black seedless grapes she’d bought from her local Tesco. The black widow is North America’s most poisonous spider – and its venom is a staggering 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s.
The mother-of-one had bought the fruit at Tesco’s Copdock store; when she opened the box to give some grapes to her daughter Phoebe, who is off school with chicken pox, she found cobwebs all over the fruit – and a spider lurking in the corner. “I just worry that my daughter could have been bitten. She has a low immune system and is ill at the moment,” said Miss Seymour. “I dread to think what could have happened.”
After spotting distinctive red markings on the spider’s back the scared-stiff mum called her local vet in Debenham and took the deadly spider to them in a lunch box. Catherine Scott, a spider expert based at Canada’s Toronto University, last night confirmed it was a juvenile black widow.