Facts and Information about the Banana Spiders
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 Spider:
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: