There's a leaping spider in my grapes

WHEN Sue Telling bought a bunch of grapes for her children, a spider with a bionic leap was the last thing she expected to come across.

WHEN Sue Telling bought a bunch of grapes for her children, a spider with a bionic leap was the last thing she expected to come across.

As the grapes were being prepared for her three children back at her Bentley home, near Ipswich, the 38-year-old noticed a spider's web among them.

But rather than throw it out, Mrs Telling, who bought the grapes from Sainsbury's in Ipswich's Upper Brook Street, was intrigued to find out more. “I could see this white thing and it was not until I pulled them apart that I noticed it was a spider's web. I quickly sealed the bag up and popped it into another bag and called my friend.”

Eventually, the bag containing the spider's web was passed onto spider expert Paul Lee, who discovered that the dead spider was still among the grapes.

After further analysis, it was discovered that the spider, which was 1cm in length, was a male Pantropical Jumper.

As a member of the jumping spiders family, it relies on its exceptional eyesight as well as a bionic leap - the equivalent of a human leaping 30m or more from a standing start.

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It is thought that the grapes came from Brazil, although the Pantropical Jumper has been found in many other countries.

Mrs Telling said: “We had just been to Australia and seen all kinds of wildlife and so for the children to come home and see a Panatropical Spider just rounded off the holiday.”

A Sainsbury's spokesperson said: “While on this occasion it was fortunate that the customer was interested in spiders and their origins, we would like to take this opportunity to reassure our customers that instances such as this are extremely rare.”