Eastern Golden Orb-Weaving Spider - Nephila plumipes

Eastern Golden Orb-Weaving Spider

Nephila plumipes

Other Names: Golden Orb-Weaving Spider

Family: Nephilinae (Golden Orb-weavers), 3 genera in Australia

Size: Male 5 mm, female 35 mm

Distribution:

Habitat:

References: Whyte and Anderson.

About the Eastern Golden Orb-Weaving Spider

The genus Nephila makes web which has very strong thick yellow-golden looking strands in it. It has even been woven into garments.

Danger: I knew someone who said they were bitten by one of these and it was extremely painful, but they didn't get sick or have any medical problems from it. Whyte and Anderson say that Eastern Golden Orb-Weavers "are timid and successfully been demonstrated at public events to show even large spiders can be harmless if handled gently.

Note that dead spiders usually fade in colour, so nearly all the spiders will look blacker or darker in colour in real life than they do in the photos of dead spiders from the museum.

Eastern Golden Orb-Weaving Spider - Nephila plumipes
Photo taken at Australian Museum, Sydney. High Resolution 1785 x 2362.

Eastern Golden Orb-Weaving Spider - Nephila plumipes
Photo taken at Australian Museum, Sydney. High Resolution 3372 x 1916.

Eastern Golden Orb-Weaving Spider - Nephila plumipes
Photo taken at Australian Museum, Sydney. High Resolution 1156 x 980.

Recommended Reading

Spiders of Australia: Australian Green Guides, by Terence Lindsey - Eastern Golden Orb-Weaving Spider - Nephila plumipes Spiders of Australia: Australian Green Guides, by Terence Lindsey.

This is a smaller one at 96 pages. From the publisher, "The Australian Green Guides have been created for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages. The most commonly asked questions are answered with particular emphasis on fascinating behavioural insights into both common and unusual creatures. The pages are alive with entertaining and informative text accompanied by exciting action photography."

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See Also

Australian Mammals
Australian Birds
Australian Reptiles
Australian Frogs
Australian Fish
Australian Wild Plant Foods

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