There is a new visitor in town. Nephila clavipes, also known as the golden silk spider, has made an appearance in Coral Springs but residents shouldn’t worry. These large orange and brown spiders with feathery tufts on its legs are typically sighted this time of year. In the past, they have been seen at Sandy Ridge and Red Lichen Sanctuaries, but this year, these spiders have been found at several parks and medians.
Although golden silk spiders are large and intimidating, they are harmless if left alone. If bitten, the bite itself will produce only localized pain with a slight redness, which should go away within 24 hours. For more information on this species, click here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephila_clavipes).