Nephila pilipes

Nephila pilipes

''Nephila pilipes'' is a species of golden orb-web spider. It can be found in Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. It is commonly found in primary and secondary forests and gardens.
Giant golden orb weaver (Nephila pilipes) Dongshi District, Taiwan. Apr 28, 2019 Geotagged,Giant golden orb weaver,Nephila pilipes,Spring,Taiwan

Appearance

Females are large and grow to a body size of 30–50 mm , with males growing to 5–6 mm. It is the largest of the orb-weaving spiders apart from the recently discovered ''Nephila komaci'', and one of the biggest spiders in the world.

The ''Nephila pilipes'' golden web is vertical with a fine irregular mesh and not symmetrical, with the hub usually nearer the top. Rather than egg sacs being hung in the web, a pit is dug which is then covered with plant debris or soil.

The first, second, and fourth pairs of legs of juvenile females have dense hairy brushes, but these brushes disappear as the spider matures.
Weaver of Gold The Golden Silk Orb Weaver (aka: the Banana spider) is easy to find. They have giant webs and are frequently found in banana patches. I have seen some that are as big as my face! Photo Aiyura Valley, EHP, Papua New Guinea Nephila pilipes

Food

Raglai people in Vietnamese Bình Thuận Province consume the spiders after roasting, and consider them a healthy food source.

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