Is a species of golden orb-web spider. The large size and bright colors of the species make it distinctive. The female is much larger than the male. The web of a mature female can reach one meter in width, the yellow threads appearing as a rich gold in sunlight. Males come into the female's web for copulating. After mating the female spins an egg sac on a tree, laying hundreds of eggs in one sac. While it is venomous to humans, it will only bite if pinched, and if doing so, the bite is usually relatively harmless and only leads to slight redness and localized pain.
It lives in the warmer regions of the Americas.