Golden Silk Spider

What kind is it?
This spider was on a huge web outside my inlaws’ house among trees and underbrush in NC. It was approximately 3 1/2 to 4″ long with the legs. Can you please tell me what it is? Thanks!
Sneads Ferry, NC

Hi Andrea,
We haven’t posted a new photo of a Golden Silk Spider in quite some time. The Golden Silk Spider, Nephila clavipes, gets its name from the color of its very strong silk. It is sometimes called a Banana Spider, but that common name is also used on unrelated species.

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