Golden silk orb-weaver spider

Golden silk orb-weavers (genus Nephila) are so named because of the large intricate webs they weave. Other common names include giant wood, banana, or writing spiders. The largest specimen found had a body length of 6.9 cm (2.7 in). That does not include the legs.

The venom of these spiders is potent but not usually lethal to humans. The effects of the bite

usually wear off in 12-24 hours unless the victim has an allergic reaction. Experiments on the web have shown some promise in its use as a scaffolding material for nerve regeneration. On a more visually spectacular level, the web has been used in textiles, although not commercially. A cape made from Madagascar Golden Orb spider silk exhibited at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in June 2012.

Because of their size and the strength of their web, Nephila have been known to capture and consume quite large prey. This video was taken in Cairns Australia.


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