Golden Orbweaver

Subject: Spider
Location: Tennessee
September 1, 2016 4:01 pm
Hello, I have found this pretty big spider outside of my window. Still got yellowish greenish dots on its bottom and long legs. I’m wondering if it’s poisonous or harmful at all. Thanks.
Signature: L.T

Golden Orbweaver
Golden Orbweaver

Dear L.T.,
This is a Golden Orbweaver,
Argiope aurantia, a common North American species.  Most spiders have venom that they use to subdue prey, but few spiders have venom that poses a threat to humans.  Large spiders might bite if carelessly handled, but the bite of most spiders is not considered dangerous to humans, producing nothing more than local swelling and tenderness.  Golden Orbweavers as well as all other Orbweavers in the family Araneidae are considered harmless to humans, but again, we would caution that a large individual might bite.

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