I took this pic at my mother’s house in Mobile, AL, about 2 yrs ago. I was just wondering if you knew what it was. the body was between 1-2 inches and the spider itself would take up most of my hand.
Your spider is an Orb Weaver known as the Silk Spider, Nephila clavipes. It gets its common name from its strong gold silk. It is also called the Banana Spider.