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St. John USVI Fauna: Spiders

Golden Orb Spider
Golden Orb Spider

Golden Orb Spider (Nephila clavipes)
The golden orb spider or golden silk spider is one of the many spiders in the orb weaver family. The orb weaver makes webs sometimes reaching from 15-20 feet. The golden orb is the only spider known to make its webs strong enough to be used for various kinds of bags and fishnets. Although this spider does not sting, the females are known to eat their mates after sex.

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