Black Widow spider found in grapes bought at Walmart

@estherlou (5026)
United States
July 29, 2007 12:01pm CST
"A Beaver County, PA man got a creepy surprise after he bought grapes at a local Wal-Mart. Glenn Davis said what looks like a black widow spider came crawling out of the grapes while he was washing them." Now, I found a huge grasshopper in a can of greens once, but this tops that for sure! Check out the video! http://www.wpxi.com/news/13764151/detail.html
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11 responses
• United States
29 Jul 07
why no one wants spiders of any kind after looking at the vidio it does not appear to be a black widdow i know i was bitten by one and i never ever want to be that sick again !the female black widow ( the dangerous of the species )has a distinct red spot on it this one seems not to have i wonder if they got expert oppinion on this ?
• United States
29 Jul 07
I hope that means he noticed the spider before the spider found him and bit him. That would be pretty scary to find a black widow in the midst of grapes. I bet he'll be very careful for any fruit he gets from Wal-Mart in the future.
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@nonew3 (1941)
• United States
29 Jul 07
That is just creepy, sickening, weird! Um...I won't be buying produce at Walmart anytime soon! LOL
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@drannhh (14739)
• United States
6 Sep 07
It isn't just WalMart. Here is a story about the same thing happening at a Costco store: http://www.topix.com/forum/science/entomology/TOG55F7RF75T2UUJP
@nonew3 (1941)
• United States
6 Sep 07
I don't buy at Costco anyway. There is just me in my household, and if I buy in bulk, almost everything goes bad before I can eat it. It's hardly worth it for me to even pay for the membership card.
@blackbriar (9095)
• United States
29 Jul 07
It doesn't surprise me one bit. With fresh produce, no matter how much the companies inspect a product, there is always bound to be some type of bug in it. Now the grasshopper in the can of greens is something else. Yucky!
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@estherlou (5026)
• United States
29 Jul 07
It was pure luck we didn't eat it! My normal way of opening a can is to open it with the can opener, push on the lid as I hold it over the sink to drain, and then kind of dump it in the pan at the same time I'm taking off the lid. For some reason I set it down and took off the lid first. There sat the biggest grasshopper I'd ever seen right on top of the greens. Wow! We couldn't believe it.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
29 Jul 07
This is so cool yet so dangerous. I guess they were not contaminated with chemicals so that they spider survived. Or horribly the spider is immune to those sprays. I hope that eveyone turned out ok and did not get bit/stung by the spider. Pays to pay attention to our lives in a much more proactive state.
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@Shaun72 (15970)
• Palatka, Florida
29 Jul 07
Wow that is creepy. I haven't bought any plants from Walmart but if I do I will have them checked after reading this. Thanks for the warning
@naty1941 (2337)
• United States
29 Jul 07
We have a lot of Black Widows in California but I have never even considered looking in my grapes for one. It sure is scary!
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@reckon21 (3488)
• Philippines
18 Jun 09
There are just some insects that don't want to be separated by their favorite fruits. I'm just glad that man was not bitten by the black widow spider. We must be careful in buying fruits next time.
@drannhh (14739)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Discouraged from using pesticides, one vineyard in California has admitted to using the black widow spiders to kill off other insects in the bunches of grapes they sell: http://www.flatrock.org.nz/topics/animals/millions_of_tiny_spiders.htm The stuff about black widows is a little ways down the page, but I thought everyone would want to see the amazing spider webs on the above site as well!
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I imagine that would be a shock especially in PA where the widow spiders are not so very common... if it was in a southerly state I would think maybe the widow got into his grapes in his own home. I guess I would rather find a spider in the grapes than have all that insecticide on them. grapes really absorb the pesticides, unfortunately. It would be a horrible thing if he did not notice the widow and it clung on during washing of the grapes and he accidentally put it into his mouth. eyowie!
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
12 Aug 07
I once heard about baby aligators turning up in pineapples at a produce market. I have seen huge tree roaches come out of potaoe bags, but havent heard about spiders....