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Subject:  Nephila species
Geographic location of the bug:  dunno
Date: 02/04/2018
Time: 12:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I visited the insect collection at the University of Minnesota and they had a very large Nephila that was totally green.  Since it’s not an insect they had not bothered with any provenance!  I have a thing for Nephila and have seen them on several continents, but never saw one like this.  Do you know a species or where it might be from?
How you want your letter signed:  scott

Golden Silk Spider, but what species???

Dear Scott,
We are surprised the University of Minnesota could not provide you with at least a location where this impressive Golden Silk Spider was collected.  We suspect the colors might have changed from what they were when it was alive, but if anything, the green may have been even more vivid.  We will post your image and perhaps one of our readers will have more luck than we have had scouring the internet.

Subject:  Large Jamaican spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Date: 01/10/2018
Time: 01:38 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi bugman,
Wondered if you might identify this large spider spotted in Jamaica during a trip in December.  There were many of these spiders on the property but this was the largest that I could find.  Its body was maybe an inch and a half, with long thick legs.  Interestingly, much of the web, especially the thickest strands, were yellow!
Thanks in advance!
How you want your letter signed:  Kyle

Golden Silk Spider

Dear Kyle,
This lovely lady is a Golden Silk Spider in the genus
Nephila, but she doesn’t look like Nephila clavipes, the only member of the genus found naturally in the New World.  All other members of the genus are found in Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands.  Perhaps her markings are due to the Jamaican individuals having a closed gene pool, and they are developing into a subspecies, since the image on Sharp Photography looks exactly like your individual.  The name Golden Silk Spider refers to the very strong gold colored silk spun by members of the genus.  Golden Silk Spiders might bite if provoked, but they are considered harmless.

Golden Silk Spider

Subject:  (Red) golden orb weaver?
Geographic location of the bug:  Mexico, Riviera Maya
Date: 10/06/2017
Time: 05:19 PM EDT
I believe this is a female golden orb weaver, with the male sat close by.
Except she’s red?
I read this could be due to a fungus.
Any ideas?
How you want your letter signed:  Nick mumby

Pair of Golden Silk Spiders

Dear Nick,
We know this spider,
Nephila clavipes, but the common names Golden Silk Spider or Banana Spider, and it is a different species from the Golden Orbweaver, Argiope aurantia.  We know nothing of the red color being due to fungus.  This BugGuide image also depicts an individual with reddish coloration.  It might be just individual variation.  We agree that your image also depicts the diminutive male sharing the web of his much larger mate.

Subject: John alexander salazar
Location: sur america-Colombia-cali-univalle
March 4, 2017 4:48 pm
hello mr.bugman, I have a question about a species of pehila found in my university, I know that in my university there are nephilas clavipes, but I would love it if I could get out of doubts about this species.
Signature: Nothing special

Golden Silk Spider

Dear John alexander,
The detail in your image is not ideal for species identification, but it is our understanding that the only native Golden Silk Spiders in the New World are all
Nephila clavipes.

Subject: Nephila madagascarenis
Location: South-East Madagascar
March 1, 2017 4:36 pm
Came across this site while researching, couldn’t help but notice you were missing the Madagascan Golden Orb Weaver. I went to Madagascar last year and I was lucky enough to see a few of these beauties. Nephila is my favourite genus of spider and being from the UK, I don’t have any native to my area, so I was looking forward to seeing this, even more so than the lemurs! Please enjoy this snap, apologies for not so great picture quality.
Signature: Su

Golden Silk Spider

Dear Su,
Thanks so much for providing your image of a Golden Silk Spider in the genus Nephila from Madagascar.

Subject: Identification Request
Location: East Africa
January 19, 2017 7:28 pm
Hi there,
Here are a few interesting ‘bugs’ I photographed while living in Tanzania between 2008 and 2011. Hoping you can help me (finally) identify exactly what they are 🙂
Many thanks
IMG 1515b in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Banded-Legged Golden Orb Web Spider

Dear Tom,
Based on an image posted to Africa Wild, we are confident that this is a Banded-Legged Golden Orb Web Spider,
Nephila senegalensis annulata.  There are also images posted to iSpot.  In the past week, we have made six identifications for you and it is quite curious that we have yet to hear back with your appreciation of our research.

Hello Daniel,
Apologies for not replying earlier, I have been away travelling with no access to internet and so this was a wonderful surprise to find on my return!
Thank-you very much for identifying these insects. There were many others of interest during my time in East Africa, and I only wish I had my camera with me more often. However, it has served to develop my interest and so I am more observant these days with what I find around me wherever I am in the world. And knowing the correct species ameks a world of difference to conducting further research and learning more about these fascinating creatures.
I have been enjoying browsing your website and think you offer a fantastic service, so I hope you enjoy the identification process too as you help people like me.
Did you manage to identify the last individual (attached)? It too was quite spectacular! (seen in Arusha, Tanzania late 2008)
Kind regards,