Golden-silk Spider

Golden-silk SpiderGolden-silk Spider (Nephila clavipes) – Nikon D70, handheld, f5.6, 1/60, ISO 500, Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 300mm, flash fired, not baited or set up

I scoured my files and the scariest thing I could come up with for Halloween is this Golden-silk Spider (other than images of me). I don’t think it is really scary except that it doesn’t have feathers or fur. Okay the legs do look a little furry.

The size of Golden-silk Spider females might be frightening to some, their bodies can be up to an inch long but that measurement doesn’t include the length of the legs, these spiders are not small, think 4 – 5 inches across!

And yes, their web is a golden color instead of the silvery-white  I’ve seen with other spiders.

Still, she isn’t very spooky. What humans do to nature is.


Photographed in 2007 at Sawgrass County Park, Pinellas County, Florida

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Beautiful photo, Mia! The furry legs are so interesting, it would be really neat to see this spider.

  2. Not scary at all but a piece of Mother Nature art. Love your macro. Wouldn’t want this guy in my house…..but a definite beauty nonetheless:)

  3. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    Mia, I think this is the most beautiful spider I’ve ever seen. I hope she’s not poisonous because I really think she’s lovely. But then nature has to go a long way before I start thinking things are not wonderous.

    • Merrill, I don’t think this species is poisonous though their bite might hurt. They are beautiful and so is the web, it is gold colored instead of silvery! Thanks for commenting.

  4. This terrified me ;) Happy Halloween! and thanks for all the great images Mia.

  5. I’m w/Carol on this one, Mia. It was very hard for me to click the link to view this. But, I figured if ANYONE can make a spider look interesting, it’s you. And sure enough – it’s beautiful!

  6. Love this. I think it is quite scary actually. I hate spiders. They creep me out. So kudos you did it Mia. Carol

  7. Great photo that is Mia.

  8. Lovely shot Mia , I find spiders tough to get all the details , too close vs. all in frame. Neat looking spider too. Happy Halloween

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