What Is a Banana Spider? (with pictures) (2023)

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R. Kayne Last Modified Date: October 30, 2022

The term “banana spider” can refer to two entirely different arachnids, the nephila clavipes of North America and the phoneutria of South America. The varieties can be about the same size, but they have dramatically different appearances and habitats. The former type, which spins a web known for its incredible strength, is shy and fairly harmless. The latter kind, which travels over the ground and hunts instead of making a web, is aggressive and has a potentially lethal bite.

Names

Phoneutria also are known as bananenspinne, kammspinne and wandering spiders. Some people also call them armed spiders. Common names for N. clavipes are writing spider and golden orb weaver.

The North American banana spider.

The label “banana spider” is associated with phoneutria because they sometimes hide in banana bunches. This habit has resulted in people accidentally shipping them to grocery stores in other countries. North American versions earned this name because the females have a yellow body.

Appearance

The body of the South American banana spider generally falls between 0.7 and 1.9 inches (1.8 to 4.8 cm). The leg span is between 4 and 5 inches (13 to 15 cm). The female North American golden orb weaver is comparable in size. It has a body length between 1 and 2 inches (2.54 to 5.08 cm) and a leg span of up to 5 inches (15 cm), making it the largest non-tarantula arachnid in North America. The male is smaller, with a body size up to 0.5 inches (1.27 cm) and a leg span of up to 1.5 inches (3.81 cm).

Banana spiders are sometimes found in bunches of bananas.

A phoneutria typically has a brownish coloring, similar to a male N. clavipes. Some species have a distinctive red coloring around the jaws. The legs of a female N. clavipes have alternating brown-black and yellow-green sections, which serves as a warning to predators. The coloring sometimes causes people to get golden orb weavers confused with another common garden arachnid, the argiope.

Habitat

Bananas spiders feed on crickets, among other prey.

Individuals have encountered species of phoneutria in nearly every region of South America. These arachnids are nocturnal and hide in areas such as wood piles, banana plants, dark areas of homes and within clothing. People call them “wandering” because they move across the jungle floor when active.

N. clavipes reside mostly in southeastern North America. They usually stay around bushes and flower plants in gardens, but they prefer sunny areas and like trees. It is not unusual to find them living across walkways or trails. Unlike their South American counterparts, they are much more visible and typically don’t catch people by surprise as much.

Webs

Banana spiders eat the insects found in their environment, such as wasps.

Although wandering spiders can spin silk and use it during climbing, they do not build webs. The lack of a web means they must hunt for food actively. The North American variety does make a web, which can span several feet wide. It is common to find the webs at eye level, as this is a good height for catching insects. The durability of these homes is notable, as the silk is stronger than Kevlar&reg.

Diet

The bite from a banana spider from South America is known to be both toxic and painful.

Both varieties of banana spider feast on insects found in their environment, such as wasps, fruit flies, locusts, crickets and bees. Larger phoneutria also may eat larger prey such as lizards and mice. N. clavipes can eat these bigger meals, as well, but they generally do not get the chance, as they are much more shy, have a less potent bite and rely on their webs to catch food.

Lifespan

South American banana spiders can live up to two years. The North American type has a slightly shorter lifespan. They usually do not live longer than a year.

Toxicity and Danger Level

Being able to tell these two types of arachnids apart through elements such as appearance, web building, lifespan and diet is critical because of the difference in venom toxicity. The venom of N. clavipes is similar in nature to that of the black widow, but it is far less potent, making it quite harmless to humans in the majority of cases. A bite from the North American kind usually doesn’t result in much more than a welt that passes within 24 hours. Some individuals do experience a more severe allergic reaction, however, which can cause difficulty breathing and muscle cramping.

Phoneutria, whose name means “murderess,” are among the world’s most dangerous arachnids, with the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records labeling them as the most poisonous. Their venom causes potentially deadly reactions in the nervous system. Bites result in severe, immediate pain, cold sweats and irregular heartbeat. Fast medical attention is necessary when these bites occur. The aggressiveness of phoneutria makes them even more problematic, as they will bite multiple times before retreating.

With South American banana spiders having the ability to kill, getting them out of living and working areas is a must. Many people don’t bother to remove golden orb weavers because they keep the populations of pesky insects down. When someone does want to get rid of them, all he has to do is tear down the webs so they will go somewhere else.

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Is a Banana Spider Poisonous?

The term “poisonous” refers to something that is toxic if ingested. Snakes, spiders, and most other animals colloquially referred to as “poisonous” are more properly termed “venomous,” referring to the fact that their toxin is injected rather than swallowed. Even when an animal is venomous, however, not every bite results in envenomation. The production of venom requires energy and time, and so animals typically use it sparingly. Phoneutria and many other spiders use their venom to immobilize prey as well as for defense. It is estimated that Phoneutria spiders only inject venom in about one-third of human bites and that approximately a third of those bites contain a low level. While more research is needed, based on current data it appears that only a small number (under 3%) of Phoneutria bites produce severe symptoms.

Can a Banana Spider Kill You?

Despite the potentially severe symptoms that can be caused by envenomation from a Phoneutria bite, there have been only a few reported deaths, mostly in children. Deaths typically occur between 2 and 6 hours after the bite and are usually due to respiratory arrest.

Do Banana Spiders Lay Eggs inside Bananas?

An urban legend (complete with a fake video of a spider emerging from a banana in dramatic fashion) claims that the tip of a banana can be infested with spider eggs or even live spiders, but this idea is incorrect. The natural process of banana flowers developing into fruit does not allow any opportunity for eggs to end up inside the banana peel, and even if it were possible a newly hatched spider would not survive being trapped inside a banana. Some types of spiders, including Heteropoda venatoria (huntsman) do lay eggs on banana leaves (and occasionally on the outside of a mature banana fruit), and many types of spiders including Phoneutria sometimes hide in banana bunches.

How Many Different Types of Spiders are Called Banana Spiders?

In addition to Nephila clavipes and Phoneutria, there are at least two other types of spiders commonly referred to as banana spiders.

Cupiennius is a genus of spiders that live in Mexico, Central America, some Caribbean islands, and northwestern South America. They are one of the spider types that sometimes hide in banana bunches and larger species are often misidentified as Phoneutria, but their venom is far less dangerous to humans. Like Phoneutria, they are hunting and fishing spiders that do not usually build webs.

Argiope appensa is a species of spider that is found in Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea, and some other Western Pacific Islands. These spiders are called Hawaiian garden spiders in Hawaii and banana spiders in Guam. Like Nephila clavipes, they are orb weavers. Their webs usually have a distinctive white zig-zag pattern in at least one section. Argiope appensa spiders are not dangerous to humans.

Are Trichonephilia clavipes and Nephila clavipes the Same Species?

Yes. In 2018, Phoneutria clavipes was one of several Nephila genus spider species that were reclassified as genus Trichonephilia.

What About Genus Bannana?

Bannana is a genus of goblin spiders. Goblin spiders have more than 1,600 different species, almost all of which are small enough that humans generally don’t notice them. Bannana goblin spiders are found only in the tropical rainforest of China’s Yunnan Province. The name “Bannana” is not related to the fruit; it is derived from the word “Xishuangbanna.” (Xishuangbanna Biosphere Reserve is located in Yunnan Province.)

What Does a Banana Spider Look Like?

Cupiennius spiders range from 0.35 to 1.6 inches (.9 to 4 cm). They are usually brown and hairy, and many species have vivid red hairs on their mouthparts (which is a major reason they are often mistaken for Phoneutria spiders, many of which are also brown and hairy with red mouthparts, although the red color is somewhat duller in Phoneutria). While both types of spiders have long, slender legs, Phoneutria spiders often have striking dark bands on the bottoms of their legs and a vertical black stripe on the tops.


Female Argiope appensa spiders look fairly similar to female Nephila clavipes spiders; they are large (2 to 2.5 inches [5.1 to 6.4 cm] long, including the legs) and have vivid yellow and black patterns. Nephila clavipes spiders,however, have a longer and more cylindrical body shape. Both species also have long legs with yellow and black bands. The males of both species, by contrast, are considerably smaller and are a dull brown color.

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Discussion Comments

anon317943

Ugh. This research we've been doing on spiders I'd creeping me out. I'm getting itchy and have the creepy crawling all over. I live in Southern California, and I don't like spiders. Back in September, my son and I saw a fuzzy, glowing green eyed spider on our milk weed plant. We were scared that this green and black alien looking spider was going to feast on our monarch caterpillars. So we freaked. Dada went out and caged the spider.

The very next day, we saw yet another spider (the same kind) on the other milk weed. I thought it had gotten out of the terrarium. Nope, it was another one, maybe looking to eat our caterpillars. Dada caught both, then released them after a while, since the lizards got away, which is why the terrarium was free.

anon217139

I live in Florida and the banana spiders around my home are very beautiful. I have learned they are not poisonous and their webs are very strong. They are territorial and fascinating. Unfortunately, it is said that they die off in the winter months.

To tarantula enthusiasts, I would call them arboreal spiders because of their webbing. Yes, they are cheaper pest control and sometimes spiritual guides. Their webs can hold twigs and branches which is sad, but they rarely do house keeping. I find their gold metallic abdomens to be quite beautiful. While smoking I watch it live peacefully and sometimes feed it pests I don't want. I need some terrestrial spiders in the yard to help with ants.

anon154073

The side of my house has a lot of banana spiders and webs here in Kona, Hawaii. I think it is an infestation. But we go around and under their webs because they don't bother us and eat the flying bugs and gnats.

What I don't understand is how they can let their webs stick together to other webs?

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anon146414

I've been bass fishing in the storm drain reservoirs around Savannah, GA several years ago. I saw an infestation of these brightly banned legs and tiny bodies of what I believe are Banana Spiders. The males are grey and significantly smaller. At any rate, the females in this infested area were as large as steering wheels! I will never fish in those reservoirs in Savannah again!

anon117378

OK my dad wants to take the banana spider to our new house so he can eat the mosquitoes. My mom thinks they're dangerous because my 1 year old brother might mess with it. My dad is going to put it in a can. Can they bite or jump? thanks.

anon112554

I have a banana spider at my school. One kid threw a ball at it and it fell down. Then, he picked up the ball and held it. Moments later, "Ahhhhhhh!" The spider bit him and they rushed him to the hospital and the kid almost died. Now no one bothers spiders at my school.

anon109830

Spiders are very helpful for the environment and should not be killed when they are outside -- period.

Guess what? Not only have I not killed a black widow that was outside, I moved her to a safe place. I am also not crazy and know how to properly use to, too and two. If you don't touch them, you will not get bitten.

Spiders inside my house are another story. I will kill them in the house, but never outside in their home.

anon105368

I don't believe it is a banana spider in the snake's cage. They tend to have very large webs that are out in the open, not confined to small spaces. If I were you, I would keep the cage away from children and pets in case it is a biting spider, but watch it and learn from it.

anon105041

My snake died so I left the cage outside and a banana spider took over the cage and completely covered the inside with web. What should I do?

I read that the poison spider has red and black legs. And the non poison one has a yellow back. this one has both. What should I do get rid of it. Kill it or call the animal people?

anon102547

I have one the size of my hand right next to my floodlights out back. I know for a fact that it catches and eats all kinds of insects. I've decided to let her stay and eat! Anything that kills mosquitoes is a friend of mine.

anon98341

I am glad to see that there are folks out there who appreciate the banana spiders. To the person who asked if they would hurt your dog - nope! We have many around our yard, and even though they are near our dogs, they have never caused them any problems at all.

We thoroughly enjoy them even though I walk into their webs once in awhile and get mad at myself for forgetting it's there. Please don't put them in jars - they belong outside and will die off in the winter as they should, naturally.

anon97336

I have a banana spider outside of my screen porch. She is in the corner between the house and porch and up high. No "people" traffic at all.

Although I hate spiders of any kind, I won't kill her. She just hangs there and eats. From what I've read, the small spider next to her is the male, not a baby. They can also have more than one male in the web with them. These spiders are all over GA and FL, especially in low hanging trees and plants, so watch where you walk.

anon86007

While biking through some overgrown trails in northern Florida I peddled face first into a large banana spider web. The web was yellow with pollen and I felt my speed decrease as it provided resistance.

I stopped to make sure the spider was OK, and found him/her resting on my shoulder as shaken as myself. I put him/her on a branch and kept riding. I am still amazed at these magnificent creatures.

anon76382

any spiders you find should be killed. People who keep them around and name them are crazy not to smart. Wait until you get bit.

anon72667

I have three huge spiders which I have personally identified as banana spiders in my back yard. They are gorgeous and even have baby spiders!

My Dad was going to kill my favorite spider so i transferred him to another spiders web. big mistake! The other spider killed him.

But it's been amazing watching them each day. I saw them catch a gecko and eat it! was awesome!

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I have been catching moths and flies for them to eat. They make a beautiful web and from what i have observed, they stay in that same place on that one web. I find them friendly creatures. I named mine. i love them!

anon71480

Whoever has a spider near their house and names it and lets it stay is weird. If you see one, you should kill it. Deadly or not, they are still dangerous.

Also brazilian banana spiders have been known to make it to North America alive, usually in a shipment with bananas, so do you really want to take the chance that the one you saw wasn't deadly?

Brazilian banana spiders have a nasty bite, so have fun guessing which one's which before it's too late. All spiders should be kept away from people. They're good for keeping the pest population down from a distance far from your home or adding to it by being in or around your home.

You wouldn't let a black widow live with you would you? These spiders are not a decoration for your house or a pet. get rid of them.

anon52492

Wow! Banana spiders are cool. We have one in our garden. She looks so cool! I live in Georgia and we have a lot round here.

anon49487

I was looking up banana spiders because my daughter is studying them in the second grade. The brazilian Banana spider is completely different than the North American banana spider. Also look up north american banana spider and you will see a spider quite different than what we in the south consider a banana spider. The spider we call banana spider in north america and especially in the south east is a garden spider. She is beautiful! And in the winter she dies because of the colder weather, she is not poisonous.

anon47924

Here in Georgia when I go fishing I have found that they are quite a friendly spider and, have found out that where they spin their webs here is a highly fished or used trail. I think this spider is somewhat dependent on us as for all the things we have built around them. In a way this does make sense, since most other insects have found that around people food and shelter is easier to find like all the flying insects that feed off of us. Down to the ants that carry away the small particles of food that we somehow drop. i have watched these spiders eat and let me tell you im glad i'm not a fly. lol!

anon45144

We have a writing spider (a.k.a. banana/garden spider, that formed a web on our window out back. She is beautiful, quiet, doesn't move around much. Then, one day it was gone. I miss seeing her. I found her the other day just down from the deck near the AC unit. She had built a fascinating web from the utility pole to the ac unit. I have been pressure washing our deck and trailer and I have disturbed her, not meaning to, but she hasn't moved and is still there. I read that in the winter time she will die because of the cold. I wonder if I could jar her or something so she'll live through the winter and place her back out in the spring? Does anyone know?

anon44947

Okay, I have one of these huge things living on the side of my house. She pretty much stays in the same place in her web much of the time. But, after reading this info, I am more than a bit concerned for my dog. Although the spider is not within the dog's reach, will the spider stay where she is, or should I get rid of her?

anon44236

I have one that built a web across my front door. It was beautiful so I just left it there to do its thing and I go out the side door. Spiders don't bother me.

anon43829

I have a banana spider on my back porch and i watched it shed its shorter legs for bigger legs. it's amazing.

anon43333

From what I understand, there are two kinds of bananna spiders. There is a species in Central America, I think, that is poisonous, but not the big ones in Florida. They are quite benign and quiet. I have wandered into their webs before and had no problem other than getting the web off of me - it's sticky. Take the time to watch them - especially when they are making their webs - it's really fascinating.

anon43065

Banana spiders are pretty but dude! If they bite you? My grandma who lives in florida told me that they are not poisonous, then here online I read they are? What is the truth! I was like two inches from walking into one when I was visiting her and it had two babies next to it! The mother was the size of my hand. I live in Pennsylvania and I also saw one on my butterfly bush and It was even bigger then my hand!

anon42767

I don't know why you would want to kill these beautiful and very interesting spiders. They won't hurt you. Except for a couple of poisonous species, of which the banana spider is not one, they are very beneficial in eating other insect pests. Just think - no pesticides needed!

anon42538

my brother found a banana spider in his car in the black shade that's on his back window so he put it in a jar. then my other brother put a cotton ball with nail polish remover on it or alcohol and put it in the jar and now the spider is dead.:(

anon41631

I live in Poplarville, Mississippi. We started out with one of these spiders and they have multiplied to about ten. It is creepy. Eww.

anon40856

I have a banana spider living outside my house in a corner. She has a very large web. One day I noticed that she had lost two of her front legs on one side. about a week later she molted, but didn't grow new legs, (we had a tarantula who did grow her lost legs back) I think spiders are fascinating and good to have around. i will let her stay.

anon36718

What chemicals will kill banana spiders?

anon32546

I think it's called a banana spider because of the yellow and black in it's legs, much like an old banana is yellow with black spots.

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BTW whoever said that the silk is 6x stronger than steel is incorrect. I saw the same article and it said it's stronger by a power of 6 which is much different. For example:

2x6=12 2^6=64

The firsts is 6 times 2 and the other is 2 to the 6th power. So you can see that by being stronger than steel to the 6th power is much, much greater than just being 6 times as strong.

Also, the reason you can't tell that it's that much stronger is because of it's diameter. Their silk is very strong but since it's so thin you can easily break it. If you were to get enough to make a solid weave from it, it would surpass kevlar in strength and probably be much more flexible.

anon28025

i am very afraid of spiders and when i found this spider in the bush outside my house i almost had a heart attack. i'm getting rid of it as soon as my older brother gets home!!!

anon23041

I have went around my 6 acres of land on my four-wheeler before and counted over 140 banana spiders. I hate spiders. I stay inside a lot when they are around.

anon18388

I have one beside my back door. She had 2 huge egg sacs on the side of my house. Yes the web is really strong. And she wove her web across my steps where you can't walk down. I got several pictures. I named her Charlene.

anon17423

I was bitten behind the ear by a banana spider in my tomato patch in Portugal. First day it itched, 2nd and third day enormous welt behind ear along with what felt like an inner ear infection, by the fourth day the poison had spread over one half of my scalp, not in the form of blister but as a fiery red flat rashes at nodule points, confirmed by a doctor. 30 different areas where affected across my scalp. The bite point was turning black. Intense heat and burning, sometimes waking me at night. Ice helped. The second week with rounds of antibiotics and pain killers, it slowly began to subside. Now during the third week, intense itching and still isolated pockets of pain at the nodules. Maybe with head bites it's different but let me say, 24hrs does not cut it.

anon16320

Kirinqueen, imagine if you had a thread of kevlar or steel as thin as the spider's web, that is what the article is saying. If you had a thread of steel and of spider's web of the same size, the spider's thread would be harder to rip.

anon15007

OK people the only way that the web would be stronger than steel or Kevlar would be if it was of the same size as a steel bar. For its size it's stronger than steel but because its so thin it's still fragile. I came across three banana spiders and felt the web and thought to myself that it was a very strong web.

anon14295

Can't remember where I saw it now, but the threads of the banana spider have been tested and came out 6x stronger than steel. The key word in the article is "comparable" threads of steel or Kevlar... meaning equally thin.

anon5091

For the guy talking about the bodyarmor made out of Spidersilk, they've already made it! it's called "BioArmor"

angeldog

We have many banana spiders around our house here in North Florida and we generally leave them alone, even tho they make a big mess what with leaves and twigs "decorating" their webs.

They seem to arrive at the beginning of summer and then grow to a really impressive size. Where do they go in the winter?

I would like information about their life cycles and eating habits.

anon1931

The comment on the North America Banana Spider (and actually most spider species) silk being stronger than steel or Kevlar is accurate. If one were to encounter a thread of Kevlar or Steel, it would not be difficult to tear away, as each thread would be only a few micrometers in diameter. If one were to weave a jacket out of spidersilk, it would be far more resilliant than on of Kevlar. Scientists are currently working on synthesising spidersilk in large enough amounts to be useful.

kirinqueen

Can someone verify that the argiope banana spider's silk is "stronger than Kevlar or steel"? I'm sure there's an element of truth here, but this idea makes the concept of "simply tearing down" a web you don't want an absurd one.

It looks like one kind of banana spider is so named because of its habitat, while the other is so-called because of its appearance. A note like this might be useful.

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    Why is it called a banana spider? ›

    Brazilian wandering spider

    nigriventer. This spider is also known as the banana spider because people have occasionally found it in shipments of bananas. Other names include the armed spider and the huntsman spider. However, these spiders tend to live in areas of Brazil where interaction with humans is limited.

    Are banana spiders poisonous in America? ›

    Banana spiders may look intimidating, but they're actually timid and not considered dangerous. Though they aren't poisonous, their bite can be painful.

    Are banana spiders good to have around? ›

    Both adult and juvenile banana spiders are predators. They are considered very beneficial farm and garden insects, as they eat a wide range of flying prey, including small to medium sized flying insects.

    What happens if a banana spider bites you? ›

    A bite from the banana spider (also known as the Brazilian wandering spider) of Central and South American rain forests causes shortness of breath, excessive salivation, tremors and—for men—a persistent, intensely painful erection, known as priapism in the medical community.

    Do banana spiders come in the house? ›

    Banana spiders are mainly found outside. Like many other species of spiders, they may find their way inside when following prey, or when the weather outside becomes too harsh for them to live comfortably. Inside, banana spiders can be found in dark quiet places like basements, crawl spaces, and closets.

    What states do banana spiders live in? ›

    As previously mentioned, banana spiders prefer warm regions. Consequently, they're often found throughout the Gulf states, from North Carolina to Texas. These arachnids thrive on high humidity and open space, making Florida a prime candidate for a banana spider habitat.

    Where are banana spiders found? ›

    Brazilian wandering spiders live in South and Central America. Sometimes, these spiders make their way into other countries on fruit shipments. However, these pests mostly live in the Amazon, where they see little human contact. Cupiennius banana spiders are more widespread in Central America.

    What does a banana spider look like and is it poisonous? ›

    Banana spiders may appear red or greenish-yellow but are particularly distinguished by their striped legs. Their bright markings serve as a warning to predators that they are venomous creatures. They can grow to about 2 inches in size, not including their leg span.

    What does a poisonous banana spider look like? ›

    These spiders may appear red or greenish yellow. They are particularly distinguished by their striped legs with dark brown or black and yellow or green markings that may warn predators that they are venomous.

    Are banana spiders rare? ›

    Fortunately, this spider species is exceptionally infrequently encountered in the U.S. Spiders possessing the common name banana spiders found in the U.S. are able to bite, but their bite is not as harmful or painful as bites from other spiders, like the brown recluse or black widow spider.

    Do spiders like clean or messy rooms? ›

    Clutter not only makes your home feel crowded, but it also provides the perfect space for spiders to turn your home into their home. Spiders like dusty areas where they know their nests and eggs will be left alone, which is why spiders like to hide under, behind, and inside of furniture and within clutter in your home.

    Where do banana spiders hide? ›

    Fruit shipped from afar sometimes arrives with an unwelcome bonus: a large, scary-looking spider. The arachnids, which hide among bunches of bananas and other fruit shipped from South America to the United States and the United Kingdom, can frighten the daylights out of unsuspecting humans.

    Are banana spiders poisonous to dogs? ›

    How Dangerous Are Banana Spiders? The golden silk orb-weaver has a bite to match its scary appearance. Luckily their venom is not potent enough to seriously injure a healthy adult. It is, however, potent enough to hospitalize an infant, pet, or person with affected allergies or health problems.

    What spider gives you a hard on? ›

    The Brazilian wandering spider's venom contains a toxin whose unusual erection-inducing qualities have attracted the attention of the pharmaceutical industry. In 2007, researchers found that the bites of the Brazilian wandering spider can cause long and painful erections in human males, along with other symptoms.

    Can spiders bite you in bed? ›

    “Contrary to popular lore, spiders (which are not insects but I guess could count as “bugs”) do NOT bite people in their sleep. It is extremely rare for a spider to bite someone at all…

    How big can banana spiders get? ›

    Banana spiders get their common name because their abdomen (back section) is a bright yellow. Female banana spiders can be 3 inches or more across with their legs spread out, while males are rarely more than ½ to ¾ inches across.

    What attracts spiders to your bed? ›

    Spiders love to hide in the dark, debris-filled cracks away from humans. Be sure to give the space under your bed a lot of attention while you're cleaning. Since it tends to be dark and dusty under beds, they're an ideal place for spiders to hide away. The garbage from your kitchen may also attract spiders.

    Which spider kills most humans? ›

    According to the Guinness World Records, the Sydney funnel-web spider, Atrax robustus, is the most dangerous spider to humans in the world. Native to Australia, this poisonous spider is found in moist habitats such as under logs or in gardens.

    How do you spider proof your house? ›

    Thoroughly sealing up your house helps to keep spiders out. Caulk around windows, doors, plumbing, and other places where spiders might enter your home. Window screens with holes or slices should also be repaired in order to keep spiders out (as well as keeping out other insects that may act as their food sources).

    What season do banana spiders come out? ›

    Banana Spiders prey on a wide variety of medium to small size flying insects including leaf-footed bugs (pictured above) and mosquitoes. Occurrence: Widespread (i.e., notably visible) across the county from mid-summer to late fall.

    Where do spiders hide in your house during the day? ›

    Common places where spiders love to hide and rest during the day include underneath furniture and any small gaps and cracks they can find. They will stay there quietly and wait until it's dark and safe to come out.

    Is it OK to let spiders live in your house? ›

    People aren't usually overjoyed to see a spider crawling around inside their home. But Matt Bertone, an entomologist at North Carolina State University, says spiders are an important part of our indoor ecosystem and rarely a danger to humans — so it's best to just leave them alone.

    What is the biggest spider? ›

    This giant tarantula spans nearly a foot and weighs as much as a baseball, but might not be as terrifying as its reputation suggests. With a leg span nearly a foot wide, the goliath bird-eater is the world's biggest spider. And it has a special defense mechanism to keep predators from considering it as a meal.

    What does a real banana spider look like? ›

    What does a Cupiennius banana spider look like? Spiders of the Cupiennius genus are usually large with brown, furry bodies and long, skinny legs. Some species of this genus are distinguished from other similar spiders by the bright red hairs on their mouthparts.

    What happens if a brown recluse bite goes untreated? ›

    What happens if a brown recluse bite goes untreated? If the area around the bite continues to grow and your pain increases, the wound may be infected, especially if the wound begins to drain a cloudy liquid. Infections could be dangerous and spread further from the wound.

    What spider looks like a banana spider? ›

    The yellow and black Argiope spiders that can be found all over the contiguous United States (they're the one that puts a signature zig-zag in the middle of their webs) are often called a banana spider or garden spider.

    What is the difference between a banana spider and a Joro spider? ›

    Joro Spider vs Banana Spider: Size

    The Joro spider is larger than a banana spider, including its leg span, but the banana spider has a larger body. Joro spiders have a body that reaches a length of 0.7in-1in, and they weigh up to 0.5oz, but the total length of these arachnids can reach up to 5 or 6 inches!

    What is the difference between a banana spider and a garden spider? ›

    The banana spider is larger than a garden spider. The banana spider is up to 2in long and has a 5-inch legspan, but the garden spider is about 1in long and has a 3-inch legspan. The size difference is noticeable between these spiders, and females of both species are larger than the males.

    Are there different types of banana spiders? ›

    Armed spiders

    How big is a wolf spider? ›

    Ranging in size from half an inch to over two inches, these large, hairy spiders may be the fuel of nightmares for some people. Foreboding as wolf spiders may seem, they are equipped with some amazing adaptations and really quite beneficial.

    Does a wolf spider bite hurt? ›

    Since wolf spiders are large, their bite may be painful. If you have mild pain, swelling, or itchiness around the bite, it shouldn't last long. The pain should go away within minutes. The swelling should go down slowly, and the itching may last a few days as the skin heals.

    What is the rarest kind of spider? ›

    Over five hundred Critically Endangered Desertas wolf spiderlings have been born to two female spiders inside our very own Bug World – boosting the world's once dwindling population. The new babies who are just 4mm in diameter are expected to grow to around 12cm by the time they're adults.

    What is the rarest spider to find? ›

    The horrid ground-weaver - Nothophantes horridus - is tricky to find due to its size and its habit of living deep in the cracks and crevices of the limestone. It measures just 2.5mm in length and only comes out at night to hunt on the rock slopes.

    What smells will keep spiders away? ›

    It's easy to keep spiders away using natural products. These eight-legged creatures hate the smell of citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges. They also don't like peppermint oils, tea tree oils, eucalyptus, and vinegar. Using any of these around your home will keep spiders away.

    Do spiders live when you vacuum them? ›

    When spiders get sucked into a vacuum cleaner, can they eventually crawl back out, or do they suffocate in all that dust? Almost every spider sucked into a home vacuum cleaner will die—either immediately, from the trauma of ricocheting through the machine's narrow tubes, or eventually, from thirst.

    Do spiders like cold or warm rooms? ›

    As the temperature begins to warm up, all kinds of insects hatch or emerge. Spiders re-emerge at this time, too. Spiders are not attracted to heat and can live quite comfortably in a wide temperature range. Most spiders prefer temperatures hovering around 70 degrees.

    What happens if my dog licks a spider? ›

    He may have an upset stomach or not seem himself. If in doubt, take him to the vet to have him checked out. Dogs are pretty resilient and unless the spider bit him, he should be just fine. If he starts acting dizzy, disoriented, or having difficulty breathing, get him to a vet ASAP.

    How many babies do banana spiders have? ›

    A female can lay anywhere from 300-3000 eggs depending on how much she mated. Eggs take about 2 weeks to hatch. During this time, the spider will sometimes move the sac around the web and obscure it from view, most likely as a defense mechanism.

    What is the biggest spider in Florida? ›

    #1.

    Also known as giant crab spiders due to their size and appearance, huntsman spiders are the largest spiders in Florida. Females typically measure between 3 to 5 inches long, but especially large specimens can reach nearly 6 inches in length.

    Do banana spiders actually live in bananas? ›

    There is simply no chance for spider eggs to get into a banana. Nor would a species that did this survive long, since spiderlings in an uneaten banana could never escape. Not that eating spider eggs would cause any harm even if this fantasy were true! This myth has already spawned variations.

    What is the real name of a banana spider? ›

    Nephila clavipes is a large size and brightly colored species of the orb-web spider family. Nephila comes from Ancient Greek, meaning fond of spinning. Most people call them banana or golden silk spiders, but other common names are calico spider, giant wood spider, golden silk orb weaver and writing spiders.

    Why are golden orb weavers called banana spiders? ›

    Called "banana spiders" because they are often found in banana shipments from the warmer regions in South America and Central America, these hairy, brown arachnids don't build webs like the golden orb weaver but instead hunt their prey like little jaguars.

    What does the slang word banana mean? ›

    (bəˈnɑːnəz ) adjective. slang. crazy (esp in the phrase go bananas)

    Are banana spiders aggressive? ›

    Because these spiders often hide and are found on banana leaves and boxes, they are called banana spiders. These spiders have long arms. They are aggressive and have a particularly nasty bite. These spiders may appear red or greenish yellow.

    What is the deadliest spider in the world? ›

    Phoneutria are poisonous to humans, and they are considered to be the deadliest of all the world's spiders. Their venom is toxic to the nervous system, causing symptoms such as salivation, irregular heartbeat, and prolonged, painful erections (priapism) in men.

    How big do banana spiders get? ›

    Banana spiders get their common name because their abdomen (back section) is a bright yellow. Female banana spiders can be 3 inches or more across with their legs spread out, while males are rarely more than ½ to ¾ inches across.

    Do orb weavers bite humans? ›

    Orb weavers rarely bite and only do so when threatened and unable to escape. If bitten by an orb weaver, the bite and injected venom is comparable to that of a bee sting, with no long-term implications unless the bite victim happens to be hyper-allergic to the venom.

    What's the difference between an orb weaver and a banana spider? ›

    The most significant differences between an orb weaver and a banana spider include their size, coloration, and habitat. A banana spider is slightly larger than an orb weaver. Female banana spiders stand between 1.5 and 2 inches long, while female orb weavers are about 1 to 1.5 inches long.

    What is the difference between a garden spider and a banana spider? ›

    The banana spider is larger than a garden spider. The banana spider is up to 2in long and has a 5-inch legspan, but the garden spider is about 1in long and has a 3-inch legspan. The size difference is noticeable between these spiders, and females of both species are larger than the males.

    Does banana mean finger? ›

    FRIDAY FUN FACT: The word "banana" comes from the Arabic word banan and means finger and was given because of the fingerlike fruit. And a cluster of bananas is called a hand.

    What does banana ice cream mean? ›

    Banana ice cream is a sweet treat made from blended frozen bananas and enhanced with spices like cardamom and cinnamon.

    Whats Finna mean? ›

    Finna means fixing to. Finna is an internet slang term that indicates that one is getting ready to do something in the near future.

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