Facts and Information about the
Did you know the following facts about the arachnids commonly
known as the Banana Spider? There is also a description as well
as key features for spider identification which makes it easier
to identify spiders.
Common Name and Latin Name
The Common Name (s) and Latin Name (s) are as follows:
Common Name (s): Banana Spiders, Golden Orb Weavers, Writing
spiders or Giant Wood spiders
Latin Name: Nephila Clavipes
What do Banana Spiders eat? What
is its prey?
What do they eat? They feed on:
- Small moths
Are Banana Spiders poisonous?
All types (except Uloboridae) are poisonous. But is this spider
dangerous? This spiders poison is not lethal to humans. The
effect after a bite consists of local pain to the bite, redness
and a blister that only normally lasts 24 hours. In some rare
cases it may cause an allergic reaction that could result in
respiratory trouble or fast acting involuntary muscle cramps.
How big is the Banana Spider?
The size of the Banana Spider varies between 1.5 to 2 inches in
females, including leg span, while males will only reach around
less than 1 inch in size.
Where does the Banana Spider live
and what is its habitat?
This spider can be found in warm regions throughout the world,
including Australia, Asia, Africa and America.
What is the average life span of
the Banana Spider?
This type of spider lives on average for about 12 months. They
mature in the summer, then mate, lay their eggs and then die in
the late summer to autumn
Classification of the Banana
Species of spiders are classified according to shared physical
characteristics. Spider taxonomy is the science of finding,
describing, classifying and naming organisms in a hierarchical
system. This method of classification helps when a description
of 40,000 spiders is required! The organization of living things
have seven major categories: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order,
Family, Genus, Species. The classification of the Banana Spider
is as follows: