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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Zoe's golden orb weavers

Zoe Stanford showed me a photo of a strangely coloured spider. The only possibility seems to be a golden orb weaver, Nephila edulis. (Click on images to see the detail.)


Zoe let me know of a new young golden orb weaver who had arrived. I asked her to take a series of photographs to show the way Nephila build up their set of debris above them on the web to act as a confusion for predators. This is the sequence she sent.





This is the final image of the spider, her web now full of junk.


Unfortunately, she has built her web in a place which had no protective foliage nearby. After a severe storm, Zoe found her spider dead in her web. So sad!

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