Golden Orb-Weaver Spider

Nephila clavipes, I think. One of the prettier spiders whose webs I’ve almost walked into (in this case on the Pineland walking trail in Everglades National Park). They spin lovely roundish webs, typically between tree branches or over paths in areas heavily populated by flying insects. Most of the spiders of this type that one sees here have yellowish legs rather than the red of this specimen, so I’m not sure if it’s a clavipes or another variety.

A Nephila clavipes orb-weaver spider in its web in the Florida Everglades. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

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