Last week, I noticed one of these
little huge arachnids had made her home in the foliage of our apartment complex:
This particular species of banana spider is Nephila clavipes, known for its impressive webs – “Nephila” is derived from ancient Greek, meaning “fond of spinning”.
Knowing that this particular species is not poisonous to humans, I braved a closer look – If you enlarge the image, you can see the furry patches on her legs.
I don’t think Florida critters will ever cease to amaze me.