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Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Alpharetta GA
Date: 09/28/2021
Time: 12:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this? They’ve recently popped up everywhere!
How you want your letter signed: Regards, Devon

Golden Silk Spider

Dear Devon,
This is a Golden Silk Spider,
Nephila clavipes, a species known for its very strong silk webbing that is golden in color.  Because of their shape and color, they are sometimes called Banana Spiders, a common name also shared with an unrelated Huntsman Spider.

Subject:  Unknown Spider from East Africa
Geographic location of the bug:  Manyara, Tanzania
Date: 04/03/2021
Time: 02:28 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  Hello, looking to try and identify this spider. It is approximately 4″. You cannot access around the spider to take a picture of it’s topside.
Thank you,
How you want your letter signed:  Joshua Johnston

Female (larger and on left) and male Golden Silk Spiders

Dear Joshua,
Look closely at the silk of the web and you will understand why the common name of spiders in the genus
Nephila is Golden Silk Spider.  The female on the left is about 50 times the size of her diminutive mate on the right.

Wow, so interesting.  Thanks for the quick reply.
Joshua

Subject:  Paramours of the arachnid persuasion
Geographic location of the bug:  Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Date: 10/16/2019
Time: 11:32 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, Bugman! I wanted to share this photo I took of (what I’m pretty certain are) Golden Silk Orbweavers. This lovely lady and her paramour have made their rather extensive home just outside my bathroom window. Her web is about 4 or 5 feet at its widest, plus the attaching guylines. Her body is about 3″ long and her legs make her even larger. He, on the other hand, barely makes it to 2″ with his legs. Her silk is a gorgeous yellow and looks quite fine in the sun.
How you want your letter signed:  Lissa Sprenne

Pair of Golden Silk Spiders

Dear Lissa,
Thanks so much for submitting your excellent images of a pair of Golden Silk Spiders,
Nephila clavipes.  Your images nicely illustrate the beautiful golden color of the web.  The female Golden Silk Spider is approximately 50 times larger than her diminutive mate.

Pair of Golden Silk Spiders

Subject:  Pretty spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Anastasia island, Florida
Date: 08/19/2019
Time: 08:43 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’m pretty sure I know what this is, but would like a second opinion please!
How you want your letter signed:  JPerry

Golden Silk Spider

Dear JPerry,
The Golden Silk Spider,
Nephila clavipes, takes its common name from the golden color of the incredibly strong silk with which it weaves its web.

Subject:  Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Jesup ga
Date: 07/05/2018
Time: 06:27 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I don’t know what this spider is I’ve never seen it in my life
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you

Golden Silk Spider

Commonly called a Golden Silk Spider, Nephila clavipes might bite if carelessly handled, but it is not an aggressive species and its bite is not considered dangerous.

Subject:  Nephila from Singapore
Geographic location of the bug:  Singapore
Date: 03/03/2018
Time: 06:22 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I read about the uncatalogued Nephila spider from Taiwan that was submitted by Dane Harris in 2011. Could you please help me identify a similar-looking spider from Singapore? Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  TanHK

Golden Silk Spider

Dear TanHK,
We located this image on FlickR, also from Singapore, that identifies a similar looking Golden Silk Spider as
Nephila piplipes, but we suspect that is a misspelling of Nephila pilipes as a nearly identical image is posted to Wikimedia Commons.  Most images identified as Nephila pilipes, including on iNaturalist, look quite different.