Banana spider facts
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Banana spider facts


Banana spider facts about Nephila pilipes
Nephila pilipes is a Banana spider that creates a vertical web from fine, irregular mesh. Unlike the web of many other spiders, this web is asymmetrical, and the hub is usually located quite close to the top. Another difference between this spider and most other spiders is that Nephila pilipes do not hang egg sacks; she will instead dig a pit and hide her offspring inside. To camouflage the pit, she will cover it with soil or plant debris.

This Banana spider lives in China, Japan, Burma, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea and Australia. You can find it in forests as well as in gardens. The Banana spider facts regarding size vary between the two sexes: the female can grow up to 50 millimetres while the male stay around 6 millimetres. If you look at a juvenile female Banana spider, you can see dense hairy brushes on her first, second and fourth pair of legs. Such brushes are not seen on mature female spiders.  

Banana spider facts about Nephila inaurata
Nephila inaurata is also known as the Red-legged golden orb-web spider. This Banana spider lives in South Africa and can also be found on several African islands in the Indian Ocean, such as Mauritius, Réunion, Rodrigues and the Seychelles.

One interesting Banana spider fact regarding this and many other Banana spider species is how the web can be amazingly strong. Even birds and bats will sometimes get caught in Nephila inaurata webs. The primary target is however much smaller animals, such as flies, moths, mosquitoes, beetles and wasps. This Banana spider will typically create its web in damp environments. It appreciates large trees and can string numerous webs together to form a huge web.

Banana spider facts about Nephila clavipes
This Banana spider is native to warm environments in the Americas. In the United States, its range stretches from the coastal southeast in North Carolina to Texas in the inland. It seems to prefer certain spots within its range, especially arboreal and swampy nooks. In such places you can sometimes find really large quantities of Nephila clavipes. In suitable environments along the coast, you can find impressive amounts of Banana spider webs made by this spices. 
One Banana spider fact that makes this species easily recognizable is its distinctive bright colouration. The female spider grows much bigger than the male. Her web can exceed three feet in width. In addition to this, the support strands can continue for several more feet. It is common for the Nephila clavipes web to look a bit unfinished, since it appears truncated by a flat support strand at the top. Adult Nephila clavipes create their nests at varying altitudes. They can be found in high three canopies as well as at eye-level.

In order to mate, the male spider must venture into the females’ web. After mating, the female will create a sack for the fertilized eggs and hang the sack on a tree. One Nephila clavipes egg sack can contain hundreds of eggs.

One example of a reassuring Banana spider fact concerning this species is that it is not dangerous to humans; its venom is not potent enough.


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