A mum who claims she found insect eggs stuck to a bunch of Asda bananas has admitted to making a big mistake afterwards.

Jemma Davies, 34, from Runcorn, was preparing her young daughter's porridge on Saturday when she made the grim discovery.

To make matters worse she then googled what type of eggs they may be - and says it was not good news.

“My daughter has porridge every night with bananas in for her supper," Jemma told the Liverpool Echo.

“She’s got learning disabilities and she’s got a poor swallow so she can only have soft things.

“As I was getting her porridge ready, I picked up the bunch of bananas and snapped one off - and that’s when I spotted it.”

It was an unwelcome surprise for Jemma

She says the eggs look like a cluster of small, round spheres covered by a silky, web-like material.

She continued: “I made the mistake of googling spider eggs on bananas and it came up with Brazilian killer spider eggs. That was it then.”

Jemma said she fears the eggs belong to the deadly Brazilian Wandering Spider but the supermarket strongly deny this and say they belong to a harmless insect called a mealybug.

She contacted Asda and sent them the photos asking what she should do, and jokingly asked if they could come and take the bananas back and bring her a new fruit bowl and gin to calm her nerves.

The product quality team emailed back to say they were sorry she found an “unwelcome surprise” on her bananas and would investigate where they had been supplied from.

She wrapped the bananas - still in the fruit bowl - in clingfilm and put them out into the garden

In the meantime, Jemma wrapped the bananas - still in her favourite fruit bowl - in clingfilm and placed them out in the garden.

She added: “I had to hide them from my son as he’s into bugs and if he spots them he’ll want to hatch them.”

The next day she received an email from Asda saying “they were unable to trace the fruit back to its country of origin” but believed the “nest” to belong to an insect called the mealybug.

They added: “These creatures are harmless but as with other insects and spiders, [they] like to make themselves at home in between banana fingers which provide a nice protective habitat for them to live.”

Asda also said despite the rigorous systems they have in place to wash the bananas and rid the fruit of pests, “a very few cases of infestation” get through.

The supermarket apologised to Jemma for her experience and gave her a £15 gift card as a gesture of goodwill.

Despite this, Jemma is still not convinced that the eggs are that of mealybug.

She claims the eggs could still be that of the Brazilian Wandering Spider which has a deadly venom that can cause a “four-hour erection” before death for anyone unfortunate enough to be bitten.

She has posted up the photographs she took of the eggs to a spider identification forum who have also said they were spider, not mealybug eggs.

Jemma’s brother, who is a zoologist, has also told her that they are spider eggs but has not yet been able to confirm the species.

She said: “I don’t even want to go out and look at them this morning. I’m dreading Friday as it’s supposed to be dead warm.

“The clingfilm might be like an incubator for them!”

Asda said it's "not likely" the eggs belong to a spider.

A spokesperson said: "We sell over a billion bananas every year and despite the rigorous quality control process we have in place there will always be some insects that make their way on to fresh fruit and veg.

"On this occasion we were easily able to identify that these are not likely to be spider eggs and we are pleased that the customer has accepted a gesture of goodwill for any inconvenience caused."