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.

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

A Guide to the Spiders of Australia, by Volker W. Framenau, Barbara C. Baehr, and Paul ZborowskiA Guide to the Spiders of Australia, by Volker W. Framenau, Barbara C. Baehr, and Paul Zborowski.

This is a great field guide to Australian spiders. It's a toss up between this one and Spiderwatch for my second favourite spider field guide. This one is a lot different to Spiderwatch. It's got more than twice the number of pages. It's got much better photos. It comes with a soft clear plastic cover protecting the usual soft cover. On the other side of the argument, it's got no index other than an index of family names (i.e. no index of actual spider names, not their common names and not their scientific names). Which makes it hard to find things in it, if you don't know what family they are in. Also it's based on families and not individual spider species. It's still a wonderful book though.

From the publisher, "This definitive guide to the subject, written by three experts in the field, offers a window into a fascinating world. Notorious species such as the Redback and the Sydney Funnel-web sit alongside less wellknown but equally intriguing spiders such as the ant-mimics and net-casting spiders. The introduction covers spider structure, evolution, reproduction, silk and venom, together with peculiarities of the family within an Australian context. The two main sections of the book deal with Trapdoor Spiders and Modern Spiders, and within each section there is a chapter on each of the 80 or so spider families that occur in Australia. Each is illustrated with beautiful photographs of the subjects, with more than 30 images per family for some of the larger groups such as the jumping spiders, and many rare images never before published. "

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

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