Yes, we have no bananas but…

Golden Silk Orb-weaver (AKA Florida Banana Spider)

We definitely have Florida banana spiders, or as they are otherwise called, golden silk orb-weavers. This specimen in our back yard was bout three inches across, leg tip to leg tip, had about a three-foot diameter web, and is obviously a female. Like many other species, the male is puny and of little value other than as a consort (and sometimes food for its mate).

It looks dangerous, but is said to be “harmless.” However per healthline.com: “In most cases, a banana spider bite isn’t more painful than a bee sting and doesn’t cause any further symptoms.” If that’s “harmless,” I seriously don’t want to know what “harmful” would be.

#bananaspider #spider

Published by eskildoodle1

Retired physician with interests in writing, photography, music, and astronomy. I have written multiple stories of life experiences, travel, and astronomy, and have been playing the ukulele for 10 years. My wife Fairy and I travel frequently to the Pacific Islands of Hawaii, and French Polynesia, and I have learned several of their native-language songs. This blog will be a forum to share experiences with family and friends.

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