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Female Giant Wood Spider

Nephila maculata


The Giant Wood Spider is a species of arachnid found in India and in other Asian countries. Interestingly, it is the adult female which grows to about 2-4 inches; almost a Giant in comparison to the male, which grows to less than 10 mm. While the male is reddish brown in color, the large yellow spots at the joints of the limbs of the female is the distinguishing characteristic of this species.


Seen in an open forest.


Their huge webs that span almost up to two meters in diameter are impressive We did read somewhere that small birds and bats too sometimes get caught in these webs and it is not hard to believe that after seeing their large webs.

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Wood Spider
Nephila pilipes

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Wild Things 11 years ago

Thanks for confirming Chun!

ChunXingWong 11 years ago

Yup, this is a Nephila maculata, also known as N. pilipes.

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Thanks Dipika!

Dipika Kalaria
Dipika Kalaria 11 years ago

nice capture..

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Thanks Atul! The face on the spider made me curious :-)

Atul 11 years ago

Nice one ;)

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Spotted on Oct 25, 2012
Submitted on Oct 27, 2012

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