On the Hunt for the Golden Silk (Banana) Spider!

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– First Coast News reporter David Williams was on the hunt. He was hunting for something golden, something silky with eight legs and a lot of eyes. It's something that is common in Florida. He set out to find the Banana spider.

Its real name is the Golden Silk Spider, Nephila clavipes (linnaeus) according to the University of Florida's Institution of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.  “It is the largest of the orb-weaver spiders,” said George Richardson, Technical Director of Peninsular Pest Control Service. Richardson was leading the expedition.

“Most of the spiders that we're seeing now in landscapes are the orchard orb-weaver,” Richardson said.  They are in the Golden Silk's family.  AS SEEN ON WTLV, First Coast News:

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