Banana Spider

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by Yvette, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. Yvette


    Jan 3, 2007
    Went for a walk at a park down the road and must have seen about 10 of these along the path.


    Removing a leaf from her web.

  2. Counter


    Sep 18, 2007
    Oooooh, I like those!
  3. Beautiful! The genus Nephila is one of my favorite groups of spiders - so large and so pretty.

    BTW - this is the harmless verson of the two species called banana spider. The S-American genus Phoneutria OTOH can bite seriously and has a strong venom, but this Nephila is not aggressive and the venom is not a problem.

    They are also called silk spiders because the main thread of their web is very tough. Generally, the web is extremely sticky - I know from personal experience as I ran into them numerous times in the forsts of Burma and Indonesia. In Sulawesi (Indonesia) the fishermen collect the webs and use them for fishing - the fish get stuck to the glue drops of the web.

  4. Yvette


    Jan 3, 2007
    Thanks. Glad you like them.
  5. Yvette


    Jan 3, 2007
    :biggrin: Thank you Harry. I knew that you would give us some interesting details about this spider. I couldn't believe how many there were. I don't care if they are not venemous - I would not like to have one of them crawling on me. I think the early morning joggers in the park must run into them all the time. I will make sure I only go later in the day. Interesting fact about fishing with the webs. I must tell my sons that trick.