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Nephila edulis

1 Golden Orb Weaver at WREN Reserves

Nephila edulis at WREN Reserves - 10 Jan 2021
Nephila edulis at WREN Reserves - 10 Jan 2021
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Nephila edulis 20 Jan 2021 MichaelMulvaney
Nephila edulis 11 Jan 2021 Kyliegw
Unidentified 10 Jan 2021 Kyliegw

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I looked up to see all the cicadas flying around and then saw this mega structure of webs joining the trees together well over my head. And there were all manner of insects in the webs. There were two spiders; a bigger one and a tiny one.

2 comments

   20 Jan 2021
The females in this species are 8 times larger than the tinchy males. You sometimes get multiple males on a web who are freeloading off the females web catches. You should also look out for small Dew Drop spiders that are in the same family as Red-back spiders and have a shiny silver abdomen reflecting light like a dew drop. They live on the edge of the webs of Nephila species and steal food from their host spiders. This is known as kleptoparasitism.
Kyliegw wrote:
   24 Jan 2021
thanks michael. i will keep my eyes more peeled. I am slowly noticing the creatures with better camo gear, but still not seen a snake and its not small at all!

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  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 10 Jan 2021 08:30 AM Recorded on
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