Nephila clavipes

(golden silk spider (a.k.a., banana spider)) spotted by Phillip in Albany, Georgia.

I captured this photo atop a six foot ladder, as she was feeding about 10' up at the center of her almost two-metre-diameter orb web. She was about 5", toe-to-toe-to-toe-to- (etc.), and over 2" head-to-tail.

Harmless, but I'd rather not walk into the web in the dark....