Trichonephila clavipes
(Golden Silk Orb-weaver)

Picture ID 3955

Picture of Trichonephila clavipes (Golden Silk Orb-weaver) - Female - Dorsal,Webs

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If I'm not mistaken this beautiful spider is a Golden Silk Orbweaver. I found her on the edge of the woods that surrounds our property. First time I've ever seen one and I haven't seen one since. Commonly called a Banana Spider or a Calico Spider. The information I gathered is as follows. Please correct me if anything is wrong.

Scientific Name: Nephila Clavipes
Family: Tetragnathidae
Genus: Nephila
Species: Clavipes

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ItsyBitsy

Hi. 🙂 You’re right that this is a Golden Silk Orbweaver (Nephila clavipes). Corrections are that the “c” in clavipes should be lowercase, this indicates a species level identification. Also the genus Nephila is currently placed in the family Araneidae, recently moved from Nephilidae, and prior to that Tetragnathidae.

ItsyBitsy

Araneidae (family, regular font), Nephila (genus, first letter uppercase and italics ) clavipes (species, first letter lowercase and italics … you don’t need to use the italics though that’s just bonus points). You’d write it Nephila clavipes.

ItsyBitsy

You’re welcome, I’m sure I wrote everything wrong for quite some time when I first started figuring out how to ID spiders and I appreciated it when someone finally pointed out my mistake and explained it to me.

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