Saturday, 28 March 2015

Big Fat Mama

Just off our patio we have this beautiful female seven banded legged golden orb web spider. Seven well because she has only seven legs, maybe a lucky escape from a bird. She is a big fat mama of a spider, about 10cm in diameter. Compare this amazon to her mate, a male banded legged golden orb web spider just above her on the edge of her web. Interesting the size difference, I suppose any bigger male would be dinner. At least it is good to know this tiny male is aiming big.

These are beautiful spiders, not sure how the venom affects humans but I’ll keep my distance thank you very much. They spin a golden sticky web up to 2 metres between trees to catch the night insects so that she can fill her pantry.

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