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Golden silk orb-weaver


There are many golden silk orb-weaver spider types, all of the Nephila genus. I tried to identify this one, that I found in a shed in Namibia, but to no avail. The females, like this one, are big like this one. The corrugation in the background provide some idea of scale.



comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 12 Oct 2016, 01:15
Orb Spiders are lovely critters, Louis.

I have heard someone is trying to find a way of commercialising the production of silk from these wonders.
Louis: They are, Ray. Although some like to weave the web right in the openings in the bush, where one tends to walk. More than one person has walked into that web. Birds like sparrows and finches fly into that web, can remain stuck and die as a result.

I have read that the silk that the spider uses is compared to kevlar in strength. So I agree, there should be some commercialisation, possible.
La photo est jolie mais je n'aime pas du tout les araignées.
Louis: La Namibie est bien loin, Martine.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Oct 2016, 04:41
Wonderful close-up of this spider.. It is amazing how strong the threads are from the web.
Louis: Yes, they are strong. Ray thinks they should be commercialised and it should be possible. I have walked into such a web once - that is when you appreciate how strong the silk of this spider is.
She's a beauty, Louis!!! And a wonderful image of her!
Louis: All the Nephillia spiders are beautiful, Elizabeth. Thank you.
A fine shot of this beast, Louis. Better not let my daughter see it!
Louis: Will she catch it? No problem, they are harmless.
As long as she sticks to weaving her silk threads, I'm delighted, Louis. smile
Louis: That, and entertaining little gentlemen spiders smile They are big, but harmless to humans.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 12 Oct 2016, 06:48
I am fascinated by the orb-web spiders here, Louis, but none to compete with yours in size
Louis: I have a 15inch monitor for my PC. On it, the spider appears life size. Apparently, one of the types is the largest web weaving spider found to date.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 Oct 2016, 07:03
een heerlijke foto- ik verwonder me erover dat zij niet neerstort.
Louis: Ze hangt aan zijde draden. De draden van deze spin is erg sterk en worden vergelikt met kevlar.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Oct 2016, 07:18
Very pretty but hopefully not some sort of male-devourer Louis
Louis: Not that I know of, Chris. You should be safe, then.
I would not wish to meet it on a dark night Louis.
Louis: If you were to walk into her web at night, you will be an irritated person. Very sticky and strong threads.
That does look big. My family would run a mile!
Louis: I have a 15 inch monitor for my PC. On it, the spider appears life size. So, if your monitor is similar - what you see is what you meet/get.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Oct 2016, 10:36
Lovely looking insect, but I will be happy if she stays in her shed in Namibia ;o)
Louis: I left her there, so you can sleep tight tonite - or you can tell Mrs dog and you can cuddle all the more tighter - being happy it is still a Namibian smile
The old golden bum spider... golden bum said in a British accent.
Louis: Posh english or cockney? Heh, heh smile She has a beautiful backside ...
My goodness that's a mighty big spider,I think even I would blanch at coming across that.
i really like this macro Louis... well done....petersmile
that is one robustly built, hirsute character, Louis. well spotted
A beautiful spider with a terrific background...

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