Sunday, 15 July 2012

Macro Monday - Golden Orb Spinning Spider

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.

14 comments:

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Yes, I can imagine others were not pleased to see her! I find her quite fascinating, are they poisonous?

Andrea said...

We also have big spiders maybe more scary than that! I just forgot now its name but i've posted it a few times before. I previously thought those small ones near it are the babies, but recently learned they are the males! They are really extremely small.

TexWisGirl said...

really cool 'wingspan' on that one! :)

Sylvia K said...

Wow! That is a BIG spider and what a terrific capture, Stewart!! Fascinating indeed! I love how you've captured her web "home", too! Great one for the day!!

Fun60 said...

Oh Oh! Am I ready for those monsters?

heyBJK said...

Fantastic shot, Stewart! I've never seen a spider that large in person. Well done!

Shirley said...

Hi Stewart, I'm new to Macro Monday but not new to spider bites..twice I have been bitten by the horrible creature and once in the ER...I'm now following you as I think your spiders are not only facinating but I might learn something! I do take macro photo's of spiders and I pray they stay put
as I do..Yuck..enjoy your week..

SandyCarlson said...

That's a huge spider! Great shot.

edenhills said...

What a big spider! Great capture.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I like spiders (when they're outside)! Lovely macro.

January said...

great shot! that spider is huge!

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Gunilla said...

She's gorgeous, but I'm thankful we only have small spiders around here!

bailey-road.com said...

Fantastic shot, Stewart! She's a beauty - from afar!

Karen said...

That's an amazing shot! I feel creeped out by spiders, but they are fascinating.