Big Ass Banana Spider

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Since posting this I have learned that this is in fact a Banana Spider or Golden Silk Spider, Calico Spider, Giant Wood Spider, Golden Silk Orb Weaver and Writing Spider.

Nephila clavipes is a large size and brightly colored species of the orb-web spider family. Nephila comes from Ancient Greek, meaning “fond of spinning.” Most people call them banana or golden silk spiders, but other common names are calico spider, giant wood spider, golden silk orb weaver and writing spiders. The ‘golden’ refers to the color of the silk, not the color of the spider, for the web of a mature female has yellow threads which look like rich gold in the sunshine.


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