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Nephila edulis soldiering on The Australian Golden Orb Weaver; female, gravid...down to six legs but still soldiering on. 35 mm body length.<br />
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NB image has been flipped, she was positioned on her web facing downward Araneae,Araneidae,Australia,Fall,Geotagged,Gravid female,Macro,Nephila edulis,Spider,arachnid,fauna,golden orb weaver,invertebrate,silk Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Nephila edulis soldiering on

The Australian Golden Orb Weaver; female, gravid...down to six legs but still soldiering on. 35 mm body length.

NB image has been flipped, she was positioned on her web facing downward

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  1. I wonder if she recently lost her legs because they will regenerate a little at a time, right? Posted 2 years ago
    1. I never got to find out Christine...I had had this beautiful girl on a massive web in my garden for 9 glorious weeks. Watched and observed, photographed, seen her grow. Then, she fell pregnant! I was so excited. I have a friend who helps me with the larger projects in the garden and I always have to be careful to let him know of any 'projects' I have on the go...one fateful morning when I was out doing my chores, he came by unannounced to do some work. That afternoon, I found that both she and her web were completely gone :( Without a reminder, the friend had forged ahead and by accident, trashed her environment. I was so sad. Posted 2 years ago
      1. That's awesome that you were able to watch her for so long, but so sad that her habitat was lost despite good intentions. Posted 2 years ago

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''Nephila edulis'' is a species of large spider of the Nephilidae family. It is referred to the common name edible golden silk spider or golden silk orb-weaver. They are commonly found in Australia, where it is found in both tropical and temperate regions, and in parts of New Guinea and New Caledonia.

It has a large body size variability, females can reach a body length of up to 40 millimetres, males about 7 mm. The cephalothorax is black with a white pattern on the back, and a.. more

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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Uploaded Aug 26, 2018. Captured Apr 5, 2018 10:56 in 129 Scenic Dr, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.