Subject: URGENT – Supposed Banana Spider?
Location: Fort Oglethorpe, GA
September 19, 2015 7:40 am
My friend decided to let this little (big) girl stay on her front porch. She runs a daycare out of her home. She calls it a banana spider but I want to know for certain. Especially because she just made an egg sac and it’s huge!!!!!!!! She’s about 2-3″ long and the sac is bigger than her. This is urgent because of the kids that run around her place.
Signature: thanks, Amy
This is not a Banana Spider, a common name often given to Nephila clavipes. This is a Golden Orbweaver, Argiope aurantia, and they are considered harmless, and though big individuals might bite, they are not aggressive and the bite would only cause local tenderness and swelling. In our opinion, the Golden Orbweaver poses no threat to the children, and they can be taught about the marvels of nature through observation.