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I recall stories from my youth (perhaps merely Urban Legends) that in the old days sometimes a tarantula could be found among the fresh-off-the-boat bananas sold by green grocers in NYC. I think tarantulas or some other bird spiders like banana trees as a good place to find their prey.

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Yeah apparently there was a similar problem with organic grapes at Tesco in England a few years ago. Though it was a dead black widow spider.
When I used to work the produce department, we would occasionally find some rather large black widow spiders in the grapes. Once when we broke down a pallet that had been stacked with stuff on the floor of the produce area for months, there were more than a few black widows that had made webs underneath- they must have come in on the bananas because the ones in the grapes were too cold to move. Thing is, black widows aren't all that "tropical". I have found multiple "northern black widows" as nearby as the Northern Neck, VA- about 100 miles south of DC.
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