This is a photo of the Golden Orb Spider. I came across this fellow while visiting the Academy of Scone Museum in San Francisco, CA. They are in an exhibit in the Tropical Rain Forest exhibit.
I came across one similar to this when a friend and I were walking through a jungle in Okinawa, Japan. We were walking through some pretty thick brush and I was watching behind us hoping noting would come up on our rear when all of a sudden I ran right into the back of my friend who had stopped all of a sudden. I asked him why he stopped and he said look. I looked out and all I saw was the jungle. He said not out there look here and pointed right out in front of us and saw this huge web with a big giant Banana Spider hanging in the middle.
After that day we were all a little tense about the spider problem. Turns out it was their season because we had three other radio operators in the hummer with me monitoring the radio (or playing cards and relaxing) when the way we had our hummer it faced the sunset and we had a poncho laying over the windshield to block the sun. I was sitting in the back driver side seat and I noticed a shadow that seemed like a bird had landed on the hood of the hummer. I pulled out my flashlight and flashed it at the inside of the hummer and saw a huge Banana Spider sitting on the inside of the hummer. We ran out of the hummer and noticed there were a couple more sitting on the hood and another that was on the inside of the passenger door. We grabbed one of the M16’s and tried stomping on it but it seemed to counter our movements by jumping to avoid the stomp.
I came across another story of a gentleman that came across the Banana Spider His name is Paul R. May.
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