Has anyone ever heard of a Golden Orb-weaving Spider? The park naturalist at Lake Cachuma, Santa Barbara County, California pointed one out to me today. It is a very large spider, tan-gold, more or less, with banded legs. It was weaving a web in some aquatic vegetation covering the water surface in a calm, shallow backwater of the lake. The spider was perhaps three inches in length or a little more, counting the legs, and mabe an inch long, not including the legs.
I have seached several field guides and this website without finding anything very close. Anyone ever heard of such a beast as a "golden" orb-weaver? Thanks!
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