Brazilian Big Spider
February 5, 2010
I found this Spider on the top of a tree where i work, it is big, something like 3 to 4 inches…
Unfortunatelly i can’t get closer or get shots from other positon…
Is it an Nephila SP?
Thanks for your time!
Luiz Fernando R.
Brazil, SP, São Paulo

Golden Silk Spider

Hi Luiz,
You are correct.  This is a Golden Silk Spider in the genus Nephila.  According to available information, the only New World species is Nephila clavipes which is also found in the Southeastern United States.  It is possible to see the golden color of the silk in your photograph.

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