An expert has disputed Mr Blake’s claim that a spider could have laid its eggs in a human foot.
Dr Sara Goodacre from the University of Nottingham said: “I can’t possibly see how it could be true at all because I know about their biology.
“[The egg sacs] take quite a while to spin. The spider venom is not necrotising, it is designed to paralyse a fruit fly.”
She said that when a wolf spider lays it eggs, they are kept in a substance that looks like a ball of cotton, which some species carry on their backs.
Dr Goodacre said there had been no reports suggesting the eggs could live in a “pus-infected wound”.
She added: “There is no European wolf spider that could really penetrate the skin.”
The British Arachnological Society also called it “implausible”.
So far, they haven’t apologized for their lax fact checking or the patent stupidity of their article.