Golden Orb Web Spider

The Golden Orb-web SpiderNephila fenestrata is a large colourful orb web spider with an elongated, cylindrical abdomen. Its markings are contrasting colours of black, white and yellow. They have very long black legs that make the spider look flimsy, but easily recognizable. The female Golden Orb-web Spider’s mass is about a 1000 times more than the male. Juveniles, both male and female, spin complete orbs, but only the female adult spins a web of strong thick golden silk. These spiders live in forests, in trees, on bushes and plants or in low based vegetation. They are completely harmless to humans. This spider’s picture was taken at Assegaaibosch Country Lodge

Golden Orb Spider

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