golden silk spider

variants: or golden orb weaver or less commonly golden silk orb weaver

Definition of golden silk spider

: a large spider (Nephila clavipes) native to the southeastern U.S. and Central and South America that constructs large golden webs composed of strong silk and the female of which has a yellow-spotted dull orange or light brown body with legs banded orange and black Golden silk spiders are named for their golden web, but are also called banana spiders because their body is long, thin and the top side is yellow. Their webs are more than three feet in diameter and found in humid forests along trails. — Lee Belanger, News-Press (Fort Myers, Florida), 25 Mar. 2006

called also banana spider

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First Known Use of golden silk spider

1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Golden silk spider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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