This rather impressive beast is a female Golden Orb Spinning Spider. You can tell is a female because it’s huge! The bodies of the males are only 6mm long but the females are much larger, with bodies up to 50mm long and leg-spans reaching 200mm or more.
I have been told it’s the largest web spinning spider in the world. They have been seen to catch small birds and slight larger snakes! The silk they use to weave their webs often has a yellow colour - much like dried pasta - hence their common name.
I found this young lady in the Daintree Rainforest, north of Cairns in Queensland. As you can imagine not everybody who walked by as I was taking this picture was pleased to see her!
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Enjoy the close ups.