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Golden Silk Spider: aka "banana spider"- female

Nephila clavipes

Description:

5 to 6 inch diameter spider with a bright orange abomen with white speckles. Black and orange banded legs.

Habitat:

Web was located between two bald cypress trees in a manmade bald cypress stand near a retention pond in a shopping center. Located where a good breeze is always blowing.

1 Species ID Suggestions

MrsPbio
MrsPbio 8 years ago
Golden Silk Spider: aka "banana spider"- female
Nephila clavipes


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6 Comments

MichaelEdward
MichaelEdward 8 years ago

Thank you @mauna Kunzah and @KarenPuracan for the comments and ID

MrsPbio
MrsPbio 8 years ago

I agree it's a banana spider . And yes females can get 5 inches if you count the legspan. Bodies can be 1-3 inches. Hard to imagine such an impressive creature has venom LESS dangerous than a honey- bee's, eh? Love these spiders!

MichaelEdward
MichaelEdward 8 years ago

It was quite large. I guess a banana spider but not sure. These guys are fearsome looking and all over the east coast of Florida.

MichaelEdward
MichaelEdward 8 years ago

from tip of legs in front to tip of legs in rear. Probably should try to get reference items in pics when I can. THis was in my way while trying to get the hawk picture this morning.

MichaelEdward
MichaelEdward 8 years ago

Pretty large from memory. I was 4 feet away due to lens. Lets say 4 to 5. large as a DVD disk would be a way of looking at it.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

Michael, are you sure that this spider was 5-6 inches in diameter? That seems quite large.

Mick G
Spotted by
Mick G

Boynton Beach, Florida, USA

Spotted on Mar 20, 2013
Submitted on Mar 20, 2013

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