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


  1. Prairie Birder November 1, 2012 at 9:46 am

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

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      Charlotte, I hope that one day you’ll be able to see this spider in the wild.

  2. Rohrerbot October 31, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    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:)

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks Chris, I wouldn’t want this spider in the house either! She is a beauty though.

  3. Merrill Ann Gonzales October 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    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.

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      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. Azstu October 31, 2012 at 9:18 am

    This terrified me 😉 Happy Halloween! and thanks for all the great images Mia.

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you for all your great comments Stu!

  5. Tami October 31, 2012 at 7:50 am

    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!

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks Tami, I’m glad you clicked the link and enjoyed it even though spiders creep you out!

  6. Carol Mattingly October 31, 2012 at 7:26 am

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

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      Carol, hope I didn’t creep you out too much!

  7. Bob Bushell October 31, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Great photo that is Mia.

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks Bob, it fit the Halloween theme!

  8. Dan Huber October 31, 2012 at 5:12 am

    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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