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Red-legged Golden Orb-Web Spider

Nephila inaurata


The Red-legged Golden Orb-Web Spider (Nephila inaurata), lives in South Africa, Madagascar and other islands in the Indian Ocean. Like other members of the golden-orb spiders it can weave webs so strong that sometimes even birds and bats get caught. The spider has a leg-span of up to 10cm and is commonly kept in captivity.


can be found in damp places such as large trees and unpolluted areas to which no cars have access; normally several are strung together to form enormous "homes" so as to cover as much surface area as possible


Wow one of the most beautiful spiders i have come across, my camera does not do it justice!


DudleyVenner 7 years ago

Thanks Bayucca, that looks right!!

bayucca 7 years ago

I think I found it: Nephila inaurata, but maybe not the subspecies Madagascariensis (which is also be reported from RSA). I would be happy, if you could verify yourself! There are probably some wrong names on the web...
Most probably Nephila inaurata madagascariensis:
Probably same one as yours:
Probably yours but correct name???

bayucca 7 years ago

Tethragnathidae, Nephilinae (or Nephilidae??), Nephila sp., same one from the link, but no ID, unfortunately. Obviously not so easy to find a trustable picture for comparison...

Spotted by

Mbabane, Sifundza seHhohho, Swaziland

Spotted on Jan 14, 2014
Submitted on Jan 14, 2014

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