Golden silk orb-weaver spiders have several names, they are also called writing spiders, banana spiders and giant wood spiders. They can grow up to about two inches (~5.1cm) in size, not including leg span. Females are larger than males. Including their legs, some are over five inches (12.7cm) in size and she normally eats the male after mating. Golden silk orb-weaver spiders can be found in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the southeastern United States, from Texas to North Carolina. Their name is originates from their web silk being golden in color. Their species is the oldest surviving spider genus, with fossil remnants being dated as far back as 165 million years old.