This time of year, walk with care. Keep your eyes open for the giant webs of the Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila clavipes), also commonly known as “banana spider.” Much as I appreciate their beauty and ecological role, I don’t want that web wrapped around my head!
This shot is from my recent walk at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Monroe. The late-afternoon light was pretty good for showing the gold color of the web.
This spider was easily as big as my hand, and she is just one of many I saw along the Black Bayou boardwalk. Yes, “she.” This time of year, the much smaller, less colorful males are no longer seen lurking around the edges of the web.