Golden Orb Spider

1. They are also known as the golden silk orb-weaver, the writing spider, and the giant wood spider.

2.They grow up to about two inches in size, not including leg span, and females are larger than males. With the legs, some are over five inches in size.

3. There are banana spiders in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the southeastern United States, from Texas to North Carolina.

4. Web silk is golden in color.

5. The female normally eats the male after mating.

6. Their species is the oldest surviving spider genus. Fossil remnants are 165 million years old.

7. Textiles can be made with their golden silk, including a shawl woven in 2004 and a cape in 2012.

8. Fishermen in the Indopacific Ocean make balls with the spiders’ silk. After being tossed into the ocean, the balls unravel and form a net to catch fish.

9. They are mildly venomous, causing redness, blisters, and pain at the bite area.

10. Their Latin name, Nephila clavipes, means “fond of spinning.”​

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