Golden Silk Spider from China

Hello,
I spent a month on a panda reserve in the south west of the peoples republic of china. All thoughout my time there I liked looking at these colourful spiders that were all about the place. I just want to know the name really. If it’s on your site already and i missed it sorry. If you can give me any help thanks a bunch. All the best,
Andrew

Hi Andrew,
This is one of the Golden Silk Spiders, named because of the strong golden colored silk. There have been attempts to use the silk commercially as garment material, but spider silk is not as easy to harvest as the silk of the domestic Silkworm. Your species is Nephila clavata and it ranges from India to Japan where it is known as a Joro Spider.

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