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  • Golden Silk Orbweaver - (Nephila clavipes)

    Golden Silk Orbweaver - (Nephila clavipes)

    The intimidating and multi-colored Golden Silk Orbweaver is not as mean as it looks and is far more docile than its Brazilian counterpart.




    Staff Writer (7/23/2015): The size of this spider can be frightening. While males remain quite small (up to 1/4 inch), females can grow to become 3 inches. They build webs up to 3 feet in diameter and sit, head-down, right in the center of them. This spider does not hide from its prey.

    The Golden Silk Orbweaver is a tropical climate spider. It prefers humidity and it found in the Southeastern U.S.. This "Banana Spider" is not the same species as the aggressive Brazilian banana spider. This North American species is not aggressive and considered relatively harmless. It got the nickname 'banana' because of its body shape. The abdomen of this spider is shaped somewhat like a banana and only the 1st, 2nd and 4th pairs of legs have black tufts of hair on them.

    They are found in swamps or shady woods, weaving webs that are on a slight incline as opposed to straight up-and-down with the ground like other orb weavers.

    Males are often seen on the side of a female's web, or sitting on her. As an orbweaver, this species rebuilds part of its web every day, though Golden Silk Orbweavers may need a few nights to rebuild the entire massive web.

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    Details of the:
    Golden Silk Orbweaver


    Category: Spider
    Common name: Golden Silk Orbweaver
    Scientific Name: Nephila clavipes
    Other Names: Banana Spider, Calico Spider

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Tetragnathidae
           Genus: Nephila
            Species: clavipes

    Size (Adult, Length): 4mm to 25mm (0.16in to 0.98in)

    Identifying Colors: orange; yellow; black; white; brown

    Additional Descriptors: biting, large, hairy


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Florida; Georgia; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; South Carolina


    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.