Spider Photos - Golden Silk Orbweaver (2006)
Here's some photos of
Golden Orb Weavers. In the US they call this nephila species
Golden Silk Weavers and call the Black and Yellow Argiope a golden orb
weaver, which is a bit confusing. In Australia they are called
just Golden Orb Weavers.
Golden silk orb weavers were moved from the Araneidae
family (orbweavers) into the Tetragnathidae (longjawed orbweavers) a
few years ago. Nephila clavipes is the only species in the Nephila
genus that exists in the US. Information on this spider can be found
are not dangerous to humans, their bite being less painful than a
bee sting, but are a great nuisance to people walking in the bush
with their strong yellow sticky webs. The
webs are made in open woods or edges of dense forest, usually
attached to trees and low shrubs, although they may be in the tops
of trees or between the wires of phone or electricity lines. Their
prey consists of a wide variety of small to medium-sized flying insects,
including flies, bees, wasps, and small moths and butterflies.
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