Will the Real Banana Spider Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Banana Spider Please Stand Up?

\" \" In the United States, the golden silk orb-weaver spider (Nephila clavipes) is commonly known as the \"banana spider.\" Just a banana spider — nothing to worry about.\" \" \" As if to illustrate the problem with common spider names, this black-and-yellow argiope spider, (Argiope aurantia), is commonly known as the yellow garden spider, the golden garden spider, the writing spider, the black and yellow garden spider, the corn spider, the zigzag spider, or the McKinley spider. A few species commonly called \"banana spider\" are, in fact, harmless. \" \" The Brazilian wandering spider (Phoneutria nigriventer), which some people think of as a \"banana spider.\"

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