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Golden Orb-Weaver 2 - Nephila edulis


This page contains pictures and information of  Golden Orb Web Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 20mm 
The spiders are brown in colour. They have long legs, pale brown in colour with dark brown joints. Their first, second and fourth pairs of legs have brushes of black hairs. The third pair of legs are the shortest and no brush. The abdomen is long oval shaped. Their head is covered with silvery hairs. 
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The pictures show the spider just captured a grasshopper (Macrotona mjoebergi). 
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Unlike the spiders in Araneidae family which first wrap their prey in silk after capture and then bites it, Golden Orb Web spider bites the prey first and then wrap with silk. 
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Unlike the other Golden Orb-Weaver which builds web could be high of a few meters above ground. This spider usually build web about one meter above ground. 

2. Golden orb-weaver - The Find-a-spider Guide for the Spiders of Southern Queensland, Dr Ron Atkinson, 2008.
4. Australian Spiders in colour - Ramon Mascord, Reed Books Pty Ltd, 1970, p74.

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Last updated: November 16, 2009.