What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Golden Silk Orb Weaver
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
June 28, 2012 9:44 am
These pictures are of the Golden Silk Orb Weaver.. one of the larger ones ive seen.. I would guess the leg span to be 5-6 inches… quite impressive.. feel free to use any and all of the pictures.
Even More pics!! They are known to people down here as Banana Spiders.. but that is not accurate.. These spiders are actually very very very gentle and would tolerate walking on your hand. They are GREAT for gardens and yard. Their webs can become HUGE.
Signature: Anthony Argenti

Golden Silk Spider

Hi Anthony,
We apologize for the delay in getting back to you.  We noticed your emails more than a week ago, but we were away when they arrived and we needed to play major catch-up.  June is also a very busy month for us and we cannot even read a fraction of the mail we receive.  We went through your four emails and selected our favorite photo to post with your email.  Thank you for helping us let people know that those Golden Silk Spiders are massive, they are harmless to people.  They do have very strong silk and we would not discount that they might be able to ensnare small birds in their webs.  It is also worth noting that your photo is a female Golden Silk Spider and that diminutive males are about 1/50 of the size of a female.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Florida

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