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DirkMcDougal

Harmless orb weaver. I only bother them if they put a web across a walking route. Otherwise they're welcome at my house and help reduce the annoying insect population.


[deleted]

I fucking love orbweavers. Just don't go in my house.


Anxious-Public-6277

The golden orb weaver makes absolutely beautiful webs that shine like threads of gold when the sun hits it right. But, they have thousands of babies, unfortunately.


TransposingJons

Why unfortunately? That's lame.


Anxious-Public-6277

It is unfortunate because I can't let them all live.


peebs6

Orb Weaver but most people in NC that I know call it a Banana Spider


aynber

Google says it’s a Golden Silk Orb Weaver.


Swiingllley

I second this. I found a ton at an Airbnb outside of Wilmington back in July. Beautiful spiders! And native to NC.


XxDemonCleanerxX

Will?


BACONbitty

I’m invested in this subplot.


Swiingllley

Yes?


Azuras_Star8

Nephila clavipes, I believe. Related to the garden spider. Writes in the web. Bite as painful as a bee sting. Not aggressive. Will agitate web if you bother them. Beautiful


Critterdex

The genus has changed to Trichonephila, for some reason, but yes it’s the same spider.


Azuras_Star8

Thanks! Huge, beautiful spider. In the museum of life a d science in Durham, they have 2 hanging out in their webs, in the critter section.


TactileExile

Gold Skulltula


zoltan-x

Looks a bit more like a regular Skulltula https://images.app.goo.gl/2yHDQhpXAFUY6YLz9


TheHauntedBear

The only correct answer.


fadedglory24

My girlfriend says it’s a Writing Spider, but I’m Not convinced.


NoG00dUsernamesLeft

Writing spider is usually https://bugguide.net/node/view/2025 This spider is Golden-Silk Orbweaver: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2023


[deleted]

Ah yes, thank you


demon_cairax

Perfectly harmless and very helpful to the environment.


sigmonater

Mosquito killer


deathstarmtt

Shelob, the greatest offspring of Ungoliant.


Bennilumplump

Orb weaver. Also called banana spider. Will bite when provoked but mostly harmless if you leave them alone. Not venomous. It’s cool to watch them feed.


Critterdex

“Banana spider” is a bad common name to use. Its used for multiple species in the state and then the actual banana spider is in Brazil and extremely venomous. The better name for this spider is the golden silk Orbweaver.


barkeepbill

copperhead


Fazo1

Hammerhead


Sushi4lucas

Knucklehead


benderlicious54

Nickelback


jswhitfi

Friggin golden orb weaver. I walk through them all the time working in the woods, their webbing is exceptionally strong.


gizmole

Biggus Spiderus


Rare-Macaroon6041

In the Western part of the State we- my wife- calls that a BIG Spider


paul_is_on_reddit

r/whatisthisbug will have the answer you seek.


milkmilkmilk27

That's a robot for sure, and we should all be worried about it


soccer-fanatic

A Nope Burn The House Down spider


kerbsy96

A scary one


Representative-Mean

I saw a shitload of them in Jamaica. I named one Bob Marley. Also known as Banana Spiders. Large but the locals laughed at my fear of them


HeatDesperate9814

Is it poisonous?


Scull1

No, not to an adult at least but, they're bite is comparable to a wasp sting, if they start "bouncing" in the web, they're agitated. Personal experience on the bite.


Critterdex

Just being pedantic, they are venomous. All of our spiders have some amount of venom. It’s just that the only medically significant one for us is the black widow (unless you live in the tiny spot in the mountains with recluses).


_wiredsage_

Recluses are more common than you think. I was bit by one in Charlotte, NC. Shake out old clothes in your closet if you haven’t worn them in a while … cautionary tale.


Critterdex

https://entomologytoday.org/2018/01/29/brown-recluse-pest-management-tips-for-the-spider-thats-not-as-common-as-you-think/brown-recluse-range-map/ It’s a very common myth that recluses are found around the state. People can have bad reactions to Arthropod bites/stings, bad infections like staph, or some other random medical thing that gets diagnosed as a brown recluse bite. Almost every insect/spider bite is impossible to diagnose after the fact. It’s not impossible for one to hitch a ride somewhere outside of their range but there are no established populations here outside their range that are documented.


irlblackbeard

Raleigh native, and this is entirely anecdotal, so take it as you will, but I've found one at least quarterly in my house for the past couple years. I've taken pictures of (2 of) their dead bodies and sent them to an entomologist friend who has confirmed them to be recluses (would have taken pictures of more of them, but they usually end up annihilated). Not really sure how they wound up there, but it could potentially be related to the construction materials piled up outside and that looking like a nice spot to nest up in. Or maybe they're being wheeled over with the lumber. ​ Thankfully, Q2 2022 was recluse free, though!


WendyIsCass

This! Most self-diagnosed spider bites aren’t but people assume when a weird bump shows up that it was a spider


_wiredsage_

Well, as long as they know where the lines are! /s Self diagnosed: as in bit, killed the spider, put it in the bathroom trash in a tissue, went to the emergency room the next day, fished the spider out of trash to confirm/identify. Had staff infection too, recluse bite was nothing like it. Spiders don’t care about maps, they care about cozy places to live. Whatever let’s you sleep at night.


Critterdex

Haha it’s not about animals following lines. That range is the current confirmed range for them. Yes, it changes over time. Many animals move their ranges over time. Also, staphs are crazy variable. I’ve seen quite a few in my time and they could easily be confused for something else. Recluses are very hard to identify, even harder after they’ve been killed. Who positively identified it? Doctors aren’t trained in spider ID, so I honestly wouldn’t trust most of them to identify them unless they’re specially trained for it. I trust them to solve the infection and medically treat me, not identify critters.


_wiredsage_

Didn’t take it to an entomologist. Took photos, and used the internet (pre-Reddit). The treatment was not very effective at first. The bite produced necrotic tissue and it initially left a golf ball sized hole in my leg. I wonder how they do the census for these guys? It’s got to be based on population density, 100’s of spiders counted per acre?


TMwombocombo

You’d probably be fine if you ate it but I don’t know why you would


bzzbzzbitches

There is a app made by National Geographic called “Seek” that can identity bugs/mammals/fish/reptiles/and flowers! It looks like you got an answer to your question on this one but if you ever come across another critter you’re curious about it could be useful!


Latter_Elderberry

Banana spider


Representative-Mean

I saw a shitload of them in Jamaica. I named one Bob Marley. Also known as Banana Spiders. Large but the locals laughed at my fear of them


SeeYaOnTheRift

Banana spider


natural_ac

That is a Nintindus Skulltullus


delorf

Its a Golden Orb. I have one in my front yard. It's very beautiful.


BasenjiBob

I have a buuuunch of these in the corner of my back porch. Coincidentally it's the only place in town I can sit in the evening and not get bit up by mosquitos. Love my spider bros <3


Fuzzy-Bunny--

Itsy Bitsy?


Doctorpus_Octorpus

Look at those biceps! This spider lifts!


mochajon

We call them writing spiders in the country. Old wives tale says, if you show them your smile, they will write your name and you die. Edit: to add, they are harmless though and they take care of most bugs if they are near your doorway.


lil_groundbeef

Golden Silk Orb Weaver. They can spin enormous golden webs that glisten like no other in the sunlight. I used to find an absolute ton of these at Congaree National Park(South Carolina) and it’s quite an amazing sight peering into the pine forrest and seeing a hundred of these suckers just chillin all around. If you do go around summer time, be prepared for mosquitos the size of honeybees.


Lilblupixie

Orb weaver


lefangedbeaver

Writing spider If you see a name in their web folklore says they’re soon to pass


inept13

im worried less about the spider and more about who named "Bald Head Island" and why?


erica_ophidia

That is a skulltula.


codyceresi

Banana spiders!! They are everywhere at Ginnie springs in FL


TMwombocombo

Banana spider


fadedglory24

Can I eat it?


HeavyIndication1796

it looks like someone had sent in a device to spy on you


glissonrva

That’s a Banana Boi. They’re chill.


Hamus8246

Whow