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Golden silk orb-weaver

Nephila clavipes


Golden orb-weavers reach sizes of 4.8 - 5.1 cm (1.5 - 2 in) in females, not including leg-span, with males being usually 2/3 smaller (less than 2.5 cm, 1 in). The largest specimen ever recorded was a 6.9 cm (2.7 in) female N. clavipes (which is now debated to have been a new yet undocumented subspecies) from Queensland, that was able to catch and feed on a small-sized finch. In 2012 a large individual was photographed killing and consuming a half-meter-long brown tree snake in Freshwater, Queensland. Species from Taiwan have been known to reach over 5.7 inches in mountainous country.


Golden silk orb-weavers are widespread in warmer regions throughout the world, with species in Australia, Asia, Africa (including Madagascar), and America.

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Spotted on Aug 12, 2012
Submitted on Aug 12, 2012

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