|Golden Silk Orbweaver|
This spider set up a web under our living room window. The web is about 4 feet across, stretched between a tree and a bush. It is tucked out of the way of foot traffic, but will catch the insects drawn to the lights of the house.
|One of the "Campers"|
|Male (upper left) and Female|
When we first moved to Florida, I found the Golden Silk Orbweavers scary and intimidating, because of their huge size, and the sticky strong webs that I often found myself tangled in. But I quickly learned how to avoid the webs and love the spiders. They bite, but are not especially toxic or harmful to people (they say the bite is similar to a bee sting). I've never been bitten, which says something about their disposition--everything bites me. I also know now that they are very beneficial because of the numbers of insects they trap in their webs. I no longer fear them, but look forward to their return each year. And each fall I revel in their golden beauty.
|Golden Silk Orbweaver abdomen, detail|