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Golden Orb Web Weaver - Romantic Nature This photograph entails a male Golden Orb Web Weaver (Nephila genus) hitching a ride on a much larger female spider.  Romance in Nature is always entertaining and unique.   Banded-legged Golden Orb-web Spider,Geotagged,Namibia,Nephila senegalensis,colorful,funny,hilarious,humor,love,markings,mating,reproduction,romance,spider,venom,web Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Golden Orb Web Weaver - Romantic Nature

This photograph entails a male Golden Orb Web Weaver (Nephila genus) hitching a ride on a much larger female spider. Romance in Nature is always entertaining and unique.

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  1. Great shot. Promoted. Posted 6 years ago
    1. Thanks a lot. Appreciate it. Posted 6 years ago
  2. This is fantastic, I've never seen them side by side like this. What an enormous difference! Posted 6 years ago
    1. Thanks a lot. I agree ... the difference is enormous. At first I had thought it was a baby spider, but when I read up on this species, I came to learn it was actually a male. I was amazed. Posted 6 years ago
  3. From today's Facebook post:

    Well, isn’t this romantic? Not only does the banded-legged golden orb-web spider (Nephila senegalensis) have an incredibly long common name, but the species also has extreme sexual dimorphism. Females are dramatically larger than the males, as you can see in this photo of a male spider hitching a ride on a female of the same species. It’s unclear why the males are so much smaller than females…Small size may make them more nimble or maybe it makes them seem less threatening. Whatever the reason, size clearly isn’t an issue for this species. {Spotted in Namibia by JungleDragon user, Living Wild} #JungleDragon #Nephila #Wildlove #Nephilasenegalensis

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    Posted one year ago
    1. Wonderful! Posted one year ago
      1. It's such a fascinating relationship! I read that the females can be up to 1000x heavier than the males...I didn't include that stat in the post though because I couldn't confirm the number with a second source. But, the size difference is still pretty incredible! Posted one year ago
        1. Imagine that at human scale lol. Posted one year ago
          1. Hahaha, no! Posted one year ago
  4. Great shot! Posted 4 months ago
  5. Amazing! Posted 4 months ago

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The spider species ''Nephila senegalensis'' is commonly known as the banded-legged golden orb-web spider. The name comes from the fact that the joints of the spider are typically coloured a golden yellow. It is common in the savannas of South Africa. Males are much smaller than females. These spiders are diurnal and weave impressive webs.

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by WildFlower
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Uploaded Jan 3, 2015. Captured Mar 29, 2014 17:41 in D2874, Namibia.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • f/9.0
  • 1/197s
  • ISO400
  • 200mm