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Banana Spider & Wasps
Pictures of a banana spider and a wasp nest taken with a Nikon D100 in Gainesville Florida.

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Wasps Nest Picture

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Banana Spider Picture


One of the days after I had just gotten my new electronic toy, a Nikon D100 digital SLR or "DSLR" camera, I went outside to shoot some nature shots and I came across a large banana spider and a wasp nest crawling with angry wasps.

The lens I used was a Tamron 28-300mm super zoom, since I didn't want to get too close to either the wasps or the spider. Banana spiders aren't venomous but some people are allergic to them.

I always live by the mantra that if you don't bother me, I won't bother you. Seems to have worked out pretty well for me so far.
 

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I've read that Banana spiders aren't naturally aggressive but they can violently bounce back on forth on their web when they feel threatened to discourage any prey from approaching.

The South American "banana spider" is venomous and has been responsible for the hospitalization of 1000's of people in Brazil, whereas the North American banana spider will try to flee when on a human.

If you are bitten the welt will usually heal by itself in 24 hours.

The small percentage of people who are allergic to the rare bite of a North American Banana spider should seek medical attention immediately.

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If you have banana spiders around your home and you'd rather they not be there, just break up the webs and the spider will move higher up or further away from your home.

Killing a spider is never necessary since they do an excellent job at controlling the insect population.

I'd rather have a bunch of spiders in the trees around my house than thousands of biting, stinging and bothersome insects.
 

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