Thursday, 11 September 2014

Did 'Deadly' Spider Eggs Really Hitch a Ride on Imported Bananas?

By Elizabeth Palermo, Staff Writer | September 10, 2014 04:43pm ET

It's enough to make you do a double take the next time you unpack your groceries! A recent British news report claimed that imported bananas could playhost to a certain species of venomous spiders.

A woman in Essex, England, recently discovered that a bunch of bananas delivered to her home by a local grocer was infested with spider eggs. Pest control was called and reportedly identified the eggs as those belonging to the "immense and deadly" Brazilian wandering spider, according toMSN New Zealand.

But don't let this eerie tale come between you and your favorite fruit. It's unlikely that the woman's bananas were truly infested with deadly spider eggs, said Richard Vetter, a retired professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside.

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