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Up to three inches long, the female Florida orb web spider is five or six times larger than the male.  She traps flying insects in a large, sticky orb-web of silk spirals.  Wrapped in silk, captured prey may be stored for a future meal.

orb web spider on its web

Did You Know?

Females of this species are among the largest non-tarantula-like spiders in North America and are perhaps the largest orb-weavers in this country.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Trichonephila clavipes

Southeastern US, Central America and northern South America


6 months

Zoo Location:
World of the Insect

Flies, bees and other flying insects