December 8, 2009
We came across a huge spider, approx 4 inches, on a huge spiderweb up in a tree. We were hoping you could help identify this arachnid and tell us if it is poisonous. Thanks!
Alex & Mom
Dear Alex & Mom,
This beautiful spider is a Golden Silk Spider. It is a female and she is harmless. The male is a mere 2% of the female’s body mass. The strong golden silk of the web gives the spider its common name. In some areas, the Golden Silk Spider, Nephila clavipes, is known as a Banana Spider.
Thanks so much for your information! You guys are very helpful!