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Banded-legged golden orb spider

Trichonephila senegalensis annulata


A female golden orb spider can have an abdomen of up to 30mm long. She dwarfs the tiny 5mm male in both size and weight. In almost all nephila species the male is in danger of being devoured by the female after mating. To avoid being cannibalised, the male will approach the female when she is already feeding, or present her with a parcel of food to eat. Whilst the female is distracted, the male will fertilize her and then retreat to a safe distance




The golden orb spider is so named because of the colour of its silk.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Banded-legged golden orb-web spider
Trichonephila senegalensis annulata Banded-legged golden orb-web spider

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Johannesburg South, Gauteng, South Africa

Spotted on Feb 28, 2021
Submitted on Feb 28, 2021

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