The golden silk orb-weavers (genus Nephila) are a genus of araneomorph spiders noted for the impressive webs they weave. Nephila consists of numerous individual species found around the world. They are also commonly called golden orb-weavers, giant wood spiders, or banana spiders. In North America, the golden silk orb-weavers (see also Nephila clavipes) are sometimes referred to as writing spiders due to occasional zigzag patterns (stabilimenta) built into their webs, though these occur much more frequently in the webs of Argiope, such as the St Andrew’s Cross spider.

The species N. jurassica, which lived about 164 million years ago, had a leg span of some 15 cm (6 inches), and is the largest known fossilized spider.

That was the Scientific mumbo jumbo all I can say was that this dude was almost as big as my head. I ran into him while scouting an area near lake cunning ham. Sheba my dog was getting ahead of me so as I was calling her back I felt the web on my face so I stopped and looked at this humungous web between two trees and this spider dead center. It was early morning so it was repairing its web from the catch of the night.


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