Imagine this fella's body the size of a matchbook, overall close to the size of a coffee mug. I happened upon him after being clotheslined in his web- not even breaking it! I knew right away what kind of web I just ran into, and carefully backed up as to avoid damaging it further. These webs can be some of the most stunningly beautiful webs to see. While the spider itself is fairly harmless, it can bite, injecting a non-lethal but painful venom.
Sometimes referred to as silk orb-weavers, giant wood spiders or banana spiders (genus Nephila araneomorph).
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