Golden Orb-Weaver Spider Nephilia edulis

On the nature strip beside the main road at Coldstream lurks this massive webbed creature.
Five golden orb species occur in Australia. They are named after the large web which can appear golden.
Females(24mm) are usually not aggressive. Several smaller males(6mm)may be seen at the edge of the web.

The golden orb-weaver spider Nephilia edulis
found by the highway in Coldstream.

The female owns the web and sits in the centre awaiting prey.
She has thin yellow legs and brown bands at the joints.

The web has a vertical line constructed from the many skeletons of past prey. She will position herself at the bottom of this line.

This web has at least two male neighbors. The males are smaller (6mm) and thinner. Look at those impressive fangs!

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