Trichonephila clavipes
(Golden Silk Orb-weaver)

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Picture of Trichonephila clavipes (Golden Silk Orb-weaver)

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Trichonephila clavipes! She was big and majestic. We saw her in her web in the dark woods around 5:00 PM. She grabbed a big fly and wrapped it so fast I didn't quite see it. She then let the wrapped insect hang by a strand of web below her. She was difficult to photograph in dim light because camera flash reflected off of her too brightly. I wasn't expecting to see her in a drab wooded area.

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Neat! And thanks for the taxonomic update: I didn’t know the genus had been revised to Trichonephila.

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