Amazon Spider
Hi Bugman, I was wondering if you could tell me the name of this spider. We took a picture of it in the Cuyabeno Reserve which is a part of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. It was hanging out on a post in the campground we were staying at. Thanks for your help,
Vanessa

Hi Vanessa,
This is a female Golden Silk Spider, Nephila clavipes. According to Wikipedia, it is the only New World species in the genus. These spiders build orb webs out of extremely strong golden silk. They are also found in parts of the South (as far North as North Carolina and as far West as Texas), generally in swampy areas.

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