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Golden Silk Banana Spiders - Red Reef Park, Boca Raton, FL
Pictures and info about the golden silk banana spiders commonly seen at Red Reef Park in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Red Reef Park in Boca Raton, Florida is a great place to enjoy a day at the beach.

Another reason we like to visit is to admire the hundreds of colorful Golden Silk Banana Spiders that live in the bushes and trees surrounding the parking lot.

The species name of this insect is "Nephila clavipes" but it is more commonly known as golden orb-weavers, banana spiders, giant wood spiders, or writing spiders.

Golden silk banana spiders can bite humans and inject a toxic venom similar in effect to that of the black widow spider.

The venom is much less powerful and only causes blisters and localized pain for about 24 hours. Rarely, a bite can cause an allergic reaction that leads to serious respiratory problems.

I captured these pictures with my Canon superzoom camera.

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While observing the banana spiders at Red Reef Beach Park, I captured a few short video clips. To view the video, click on the blue link below. To download the video, right click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As".

Golden Silk Banana Spiders Video Clip - Red Reef Beach Park, Boca Raton, FL
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For more of my photo galleries, click on the following links: Banana Spider & Wasps, Yorkshire Terrier Puppy, Parakeets, Carpenter Bee Pest Control, Spiny Backed Orb Weaver Spider, and the Infant Gray Squirrel Care Guide.
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