Top 10 Facts about Banana or Golden Orb Spiders

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6. Homeostasis

It also changes its body according to sunlight to maintain the body temperature. It keeps its body temperature at optimal state. When the temperature of surrounding increases, it hides its body in the shades. As temperature goes down, it keeps positioning itself perpendicular to the sunlight . To gain the much energy to keep the body temperature maintained. Due to losing of hydrostatic pressure it hangs on the web on its hind leg as a result of the heat. When the surrounding temperature goes high like 40-degree centigrade. It leaves its web and search for a shaded and cool place.

7. Use of Web in Textile

Textiles can be made with their golden silk. The spiders were somehow fastened while spinning and the extruding thread was coiling up. In 2004, textile designer, Simon Peers, and Nicholas Godley made a shawl.  They used 1.2 million of Golden Silk Orb-weavers. In 2012, they both made another large garment by using Golden Silk Orb was a cape. These both garments exhibited at London museum in 2012. But it was never possible to make the garments of golden silk for commercial use. The tensile strength of its dragline thread is more than Kevlar. The use of Kevlar is to make the bulletproof vests. The dragline thread is stronger than steel and it is biodegradable also. Its silk has antibacterial properties also.

8. Source of Proteins

The natives of South Pacific eats the pregnant female as a protein supplement.  And they relish them either raw or roasted. The fishermen of Indo-Pacific Ocean remove the webs of spider and shape it into a ball. They throw the ball into the water. When it goes in the water, it unfolds and works as baitfish to catch the bigger fishes. According to different reports, it has a nutty flavor like peanut butter but a sticker.

9. Fun Fact Related to Movie

In the film, Twelve Monkeys, Jed Cole is incarcerated in a mental hospital located in Baltimore, Maryland. He catches and swallows what appears to be a banana spider or a close similar species. The filmmakers got it wrong as Baltimore is well outside the known range of Nephila in the U.S.A.

10. Misunderstanding Due to Size

Due to the large size of it sometimes people assume that it is dangerous for a human being. But in reality, it is shy in nature. But when it bit, it is mildly venomous, causing redness, blisters, and pain at the bite area. It does not require medical attention unless a person experiences breathing difficulty or muscle spasms. Banana spiders species are the oldest surviving descent of spider. Fossils remnants of this species are about 165 million old.  It found in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the southeastern United States.

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