Picture this: you’re a somewhat well-known British singer. You’re on a noisy flight and need to block out sound. Your best option is a pair of old in-ear monitors, presumably left over from a show. They look a lot like ear plugs, and probably cancel external noise pretty well.

So do you use them on the flight?



If only singer Katie Melua had known to be so cautious before experiencing exactly that situation recently. She said in an Instagram post that she heard “occasional shuffling noises” inside her ear for about a week after that flight. “Little spider must have been in them and crawled inside my ear and stayed there for the week,” she said.

This what the spider looked like inside her ear:

A specialist used a micro-vacuum to remove it, alive.

The musician took the spider home in a little jar.

Though the thing looked TERRIFYING up-close on the doctor's camera, once he took him out ( using a micro Hoover ) it was pretty small, and now its in this little test tube, alive and seemingly fine.


“The ear specialist said he’d never in his career taken out a live bug before. Plenty of dead ones. When it was out, it was pretty tiny,” Melua’s spokesperson told the BBC. The singer reportedly released the arachnid into her garden.

Melua, 30, is a Georgian-British singer best known for the mid-aughts songs “Nine Million Bicycles” and “The Closest Thing to Crazy.” She was — and maybe still is — big in Europe but has never been especially popular in the United States.

She once wrote and recorded a Very Serious Song called “Spider’s Web.” It was not really about spiders.