Badger Meets Black Widow

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by bigmamabadger, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    It's true. I met a Black Widow spider this morning, lurking in my pack of grapes. I'd eaten most of the grapes and just looked down to see how many I had left, and there it was, waving its legs at me.
    I screamed and threw it across the room which probably stunned and deafened it. My colleague nonchalantly picked up the bag and said "oh look there's a spider in there, shall I kill it?"
    Since I work in a 6th form college we sealed it up in several plastic bags and I took it up to Biology where it was subsequently confirmed as a rather nasty Black Widow spider from South America. When I called my nonchalant colleague back to tell her she'd been waving a bag with a Black Widow in it she nearly fainted...
    The moral of the story is - don't buy snack packs of grapes from Tesco.
    See here...
    Yes I've told Tesco about it and yes I've told the local papers too. I don't think finding venomous spiders in yer grapes is what we expect from a market leader...
    Badger who has been hyperventilating all day
  2. hellyfrost

    hellyfrost Member

    Oh my god! That's awful! I'm hyperventilating for you!

    I found a spider in my sweets once when I was a kid, funny how it's not put me off for life...:rolleyes:

    I'm off supermarkets after seeing that BBC Whistleblower program a few weeks ago... :eek:
  3. DMBabe

    DMBabe Supporting Member

    Crikey almighty! I buy those wee packs for my goddaughters all the time! Freaking me out:eek:

    I'm surprised to find that a badger eats grapes! Red or green?:wink:

    Seriously though glad it didn't get you! Sounds like your freaking out made much more sense than your colleague's overwhelming bravado. Ain't hindsight a wonderful thing!!

    Also a bit confused by Tesco's statement about using spiders as a pesticide? Dinnae get it how a poisonous spider is better than some harmless wee beastie in yer fruit? Unless the wee beasties get inside the grapes then eeeeeugh!!!
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2007
  4. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    What on earth is the spokesman fro Tesco's on? It certainly isn't planet earth!! His comment... "Safety is our top priority and we have a rigorous checking process in countries which produce our fruit." is a total joke.

    Making money is their top priority... phah! darned Tesco's...:(
  5. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    That'll teach you not to wash them, like it says to on the packet. ;)
  6. Leyfy

    Leyfy Active Member


    Think I'll stick to Mars bars - much safer ;)
  7. Chunky

    Chunky Active Member

    Must have been very frightening. Guess that why I prefer Pork Pies to fruit, can't recall too many Black Widows being used as a pesticide in Melton Mowbray!!!

    Just one observation the web report is from 2002. Whilst any incident of this type is frightening for the people concerned, I do feel a sense of perspective is needed when you consider all the fruit that must have been imported since 2002.

    Also the spokesman from Tescos has probably moved onto greater things like Head of Logistical Stock Replenishment in Consumer Areas.
  8. Flutey

    Flutey Active Member

    Omg omg omg a big ugly spider!!! I like them about as much as BMB does... anything bigger than a money spider and I'm out of there!

    Poor you BMB, I do feel for you!
    *Big comforting hugs*!!!
  9. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Thank you Flutey. :D I'm definitely feeling in need of them. Boy did I have bad dreams last night...:frown:
  10. sparkling_quavers

    sparkling_quavers Active Member

    OMG I think I would have actually had a heart attack! Did you take any photos?
  11. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    It could have been a False Widow, which is an English spider. ;) Still with a nastyish bite though.
  12. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    No it wasn't. I've met False Widows before. In fact I may have already been bitten by one. And are you casting nasturtiums on the ability of a professional biology teacher who identified it for me? :mad:
    They do look quite similar at first glance, but False Widows are mostly smaller, browner with a cream coloured band around the abdomen, and does not have the distinctive hourglass mark on its tummy.
    Badger The Spider Expert. Know Thine Enemy...
    On the left we have the Black Widow, on the right her less venomous sister, the False Widow.

    Attached Files:

  13. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    Calm down dear, it was just a suggestion. ;)
    So what was the bite from the pretender like then?
  14. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Painful. For ages I thought it was a wasp sting, but reading the list of symptoms from Falsie bites it might have been one of them. Had a bit of a reaction and ended up in hospital. ALthough was more likely to have been a wasp.

    On a more interesting note, I think it's deliciously ironic that Chilean scientists are working on a male contraceptive and a viagra substitute using Black Widow venom.:biggrin: That would be the black WIDOW spider then? Ha ha...
  15. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    so how come the news report is from 2002? confused. :confused:
  16. Chunky

    Chunky Active Member

    Crawf, I did mention this in my first post. Twas ignored!
  17. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    the plot thickens....:rolleyes:

    I do sympathise with you tho BMB, I'm afraid spiders bring me out in vomit! :-? Can't stand being in the same room as the bloomin things!
  18. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    All that means is that a) no-one's reported any spiders since 2002 or b) they have reported them and no-one gives a toss.
    How many of these things have maybe just escaped from opened bags, found and dismissed as harmless, or just squished and binned?
    Frankly, any spider in the grapes is a no-no, but one that can give me Latrodectism is right out. :mad:
    BMB who has been reading up on Black Widows...
  19. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    so, am I being think here...was that news article not about you?
  20. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    No dear. That was just an attempt to prove I'm not delusional and that such things have happened before.
    However I am front page news in our local rag today.:oops: Was expecting to be small column on page 7 or so, but no...