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Oct012011

Florida Golden Silk Orb Weaver Spider Video

HD Video of a South Florida Golden Silk Orb-weaver spider mending her large web after a summer storm.

Playing With Florida Storm Spiders

I have mentioned over the last few years that almost every time I’m out chasing and filming thunderstorms in southern Florida, I come across the vivid Golden Silk Spider (Nephila clavipes). These spiders (I’m not an expert on spiders) are most frequently seen in trees, shrubs, powerlines and sugarcane fields here in Florida, well, that‘s where I see them the most.

From my short research online they’re know by several names like The Golden Silk Orb-Weaver spider, Yellow Silk, or Banana spider. Growing up in South Florida I have always known them to be Banana spiders, but not to be confused with the very dangerous Brazilian Banana spider that I have just recently learned about.

The video above shows a large female on her web that got my attention while out chasing storms last week in extreme western Palm Beach County, FL. A thunderstorm had just moved through the area, and I stopped to stretch my legs on this side road, and this is where I noticed the very large spider web backlit by sunlight. I knew when I saw her I had to shoot some video. She was mending to her web that looked to have been damage some by the strong storm winds, so she was very active and worth setting up the tripod and camera to get some close up shots in the drizzle. Kind of creepy for me, but enjoy the short video!

Reader Comments (8)

Cool video......It looks scary and nasty....but very interesting story about them... Love Mom
October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMom
OMG! Go back to posting weather videos. eek! haha!
October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary Bernard
WA state has black and yellow garden spiders like this. Pretty spiders but ... eww. I heard someone was bit by a Brazilian banana spider at a grocery store, it was in the news not long ago. Those are some nasty scary spiders.
:) Love your pictures on Twitter, Jeff. Thanks for posting them.
October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNina L.
Beautiful and scary video, Jeff. Nice to hear your voice. :)
October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole
@Nina Ouch! Yeah not a fan of them at all. Big thank you, and happy you enjoy my pics on Twitter. :-)
October 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons
@Nicole Thank you very much! :)
October 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons
@Mary Hahaha! I plan too. Next up is a 2011 Florida storms video highlight without spiders.
October 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons
@Mom Thank you :)
October 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons

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