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Spider Photos - Golden Silk Orbweaver (Nephila Clavipes) (1)

Here's some photos of  Golden Orb Weavers.  In the US they call this nephila species Golden Silk Weavers and call the Black and Yellow Argiope a golden orb weaver, which is  a bit confusing. In Australia they are called just Golden Orb Weavers. Golden silk orb weavers were  moved from the Araneidae family (orbweavers) into the Tetragnathidae (longjawed orbweavers) a few years ago. Nephila clavipes is the only species in the Nephila genus that exists in the US.  In the United States, it ranges throughout the coastal southeast and inland, from North Carolina to Texas. Its distribution in many regions seems localized, and it may be completely absent (or just hard to find) over wide areas. Conversely, in some arboreal or swampy nooks, adults and their webs can be found in large concentrations, especially near the coast. Golden orb-weavers are especially numerous in the time after summer and before fall in the Southeastern and Southern United States. This species is widespread - and often common - in large parts of Central America and warmer regions of South America. The web of a mature female can reach one meter in width, the yellow threads appearing as a rich gold in sunlight. The female is much larger than the male. Males come into the female's web for copulating. After mating, the female spins an egg sac on a tree, laying hundreds of eggs in one sac. While it is venomous to humans, it will only bite if in danger. The bite is usually relatively harmless and only leads to slight redness and localized pain. The silk of N. clavipes has recently been used to help in mammalian neuronal regeneration. In vitro experiments showed that a single thread of silk can lead a severed neuron through the body to the site from which it was severed. With a tensile strength of 4◊109 N/m2, it exceeds that of steel by a factor of six. It is not recognized by the immune system. They are a great nuisance to people walking in the bush with their strong yellow sticky webs. The webs are made in open woods or edges of dense forest, usually attached to trees and low shrubs, although they may be in the tops of trees or between the wires of phone or electricity lines. Their prey consists of a wide variety of small to medium-sized flying insects, including flies, bees, wasps, and small moths and butterflies. N. clavipes (and many other Nephila species) are frequently victimized by Argyrodes, a genus of very small black-and-silver spiders that are kleptoparasitic. As many as a few dozen may infest a single Nephila web to feed from the host spider's captured prey. The frequent rebuilding or abandoning of webs by Nephila may be a tactic for controlling Argyrodes. Spiny orb-weaver spiders also inhabit the webs of Nephila in order to obtain food. Please select a section.
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Nephila Clavipes  (USA) (1)

Nephila Clavipes  (USA) (2)

 

NEPHILA CLAVIPES

16 November, 2015:
Hello i live in south florida hallandale beach and found this spider about 3 inches long. I shouldve put a quarter for scale. Thanks for id and if poisonous

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20 August, 2015:
Hi Glen Ė Nice pic here of a Banana Spider for your website.

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18 August, 2015:
Seems aggressive. Is multiplying, first there was just one there, and now there are three of them hanging out in the same big web.... Central Florida, USA Thabks, dan

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14 August, 2015:
Found in Florida

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6 August, 2015:
Here in Jacksonville, FL (USA), believe we have identified a Golden Orb Weaver (from your website photos) between the side of our house and a natural tree area. On July 29, 2015 we first spotted the busy spider weaving its massive web. Seven days later, August 5, 2015, the spider has substantially grown and changed to a golden color. Clyde

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22 July, 2015:
Good afternoon, Can you please tell me what kind of spider this and if it's poisonous.

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7 October, 2014:
Found today outside office window. Pics show top and bottom from both sides of window. Your help is much appreciated! Sincerely, Remo

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7 October, 2014:
While out for a walk I saw this spider. Largest I've ever seen. Do you have any idea what kind it is? The body was almost the size of a walnut and legs over 6 inches long. I'm in South Carolina if that helps. Thank you Lori

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7 October, 2014:
Florida spider

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7 October, 2014:
Hello Again, We just found this spider on your site, so the mystery has been solved. It is apparently a Golden Silk Orb-Weaver. Thank you very much for posting all this great info on your site!

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7 October, 2014:
This is a picture I took of the golden silk orb weaver in brooksville, Florida last thanksgiving, locally known as a "golden spinner". I was thinking it would work better for your website. You're welcome to use it if you want.

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Reply: This is a golden silk orbweaver and it is infested with some sort of red fungus.  -  glen

13 August, 2014:
Hi-- We have several instances of red spiders in red webs in our yard here in Florida, it looks as if someone has sprayed them with red paint. The spiders look like the regular orb web spiders but both they an their webs are red. Is this some kind of fungus? or are the really red spiders? Photo attachedI cropped and sharpened the smaller spider in the web I sent previously. Not sure if it is any help. Sorry I can't get better photos.

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27 September, 2013:
South Georgia, Quitman County

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Reply: This is a golden orb weaver and probably a female as the males are usually smaller - glen

27 September, 2013:
I was looking for Venus fly traps today in Carolina State Park in NC and I almost ran right into this nice gentleman. Do you by chance know his name?

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30 June, 2013:
I took this picture in our back yard on June 29, 2013. We live in Hollywood Florida and are wondering what it is. I checked several pages on your website and found none quite like this one. Can you identify it? Is it venomous?
 

 

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28 July, 2011:
Hi
hope you can help me on this one,
Thanks Rick in South Florida
 

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Reply: This is a golden silk orb weaver  - glen

12 July, 2011:
can you identify this?

 

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13 March, 2011:
Hello Glen We have this spider outside the bedroom window and are very curious to know what it is. Thanks Kate

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Reply: This is a golden silk orb weaver and they are not considered dangerous but can bite as can any spider - glen

25 December, 2010:
Hi there, A friend of mine told me that you could identify this spider for me. i have a suspicion that it is a Golder orbweaver.. I have found 3 living in my back yard. Is it possible that they could be dangerous? Thanks very much, Verity.

 

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2 November, 2010:
Here's some more spider pictures from The Spider Pavilion! Enjoy! MC

 
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20 October, 2010:
Hope you enjoy some pictures I took at the Spider Pavilion in Southern California!

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9 October, 2010:
Hey thanks so much for your ID of a spider pic I sent before.. We are worried again..this pic is another spider at our office..in florid.. South Florida west palm beach area.. could you attempt to ID this spider..thanks a lot..

 

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2 August, 2010:
Good Morning, Iím writing to inquire about the ďbeautyĒ attached. Any idea what kind of a spider this is? Marie

 
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31 July, 2010:
Just wanted to pass on this photo of a Golden Orb Weaver that we found in our barn. She's about medium sized compared to all her friends still up in the rafters. We gently evicted her from our work site so as not to harm her, and several of her fellow spiders. There are still 10-20 spiders bigger than her up there, but I decided to let them be (They are controlling the flies that seem to enjoy visiting our dairy goats). She was quite accommodating for these photos, almost enjoying her close-up. She's sitting on a 2 x 4 in the photo. She decided to move around a bit, which let us know she could easily reach both sides of the board with her legs (making her at least 3.5 inches across!). She now lives in a mock cherry tree in our front yard. Feel free to use the photos however you like! -Sky

 

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5 July, 2010:
Can you id this spider for me? Regards, Keith [] Smily

 

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7 February, 2010:
What kind of spiders are these, Glen? Hope you can use these pics for your website. MC

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23 December, 2009:
What kind of spider is it and is it dangerous and why a blue head? [] Smily

 

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23 November, 2009:
Here is a couple of pictures of a spider we noticed while riding atvís in the mountains of Honduras. This spider is approximately 3Ē in diameter across the legs. Just curious as to what it is and if it is harmful other than scaring the crap out of people.

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16 November, 2009:
I HOPE YOU CAN USE SOME OF MY PICTURES ON YOUR WEBSITE! MC

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Reply: This is a golden orb weaver too- nephila clavipes.

12 September, 2009:
I thought it might be an argiope of some sorts, but I cannot find its equal. Itís the most magnificent spider Iíve ever seen, and its size is roughly as long as my hand. It also has a beautiful golden web. What kind of spider is it?!

 

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Reply: This is a golden orb weaver too- nephila clavipes.

8 September, 2009:
Do you know what kind of spider this is? We live in Mobile, Alabama. val

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Reply: This is a golden orb weaver too- nephila clavipes.

14 October, 2009:
I found this spider in Florida Ė am I correct to think it is an orb weaver? Michael

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Reply: This is a golden orb weaver too- nephila clavipes.

23 August, 2009:
Thought you might like this. She has a nice orb on our jobsite.

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Reply: This is a golden orb weaver - nephila clavipes.

1 August, 2009:
Hi there, Am trying to find out what kind of spider is making a home under the awning on the front porch. Was wondering if you might be able to identify and get a few details of this wondrous creature. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Heather Regards, Eric

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Reply: This is a golden orb weaver - nephila clavipes.

1 August, 2009:
We found this one in our barn in Matagorda County, Coastal Area, Texas. Regards, Eric

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29 June, 2009:
Saw this near the beach on Edisto Island, SC. Can you ID it? Thanks! Anita Smith
Denver, Colorado USA

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