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Golden Orb Spider

Golden Orb Spider
Golden Orb Spider (Nephila clavipes)

If you’re walking around in the bush, you’re bound to come into contact with the sticky webs that these spiders weave. The webs can be quite large and they can span  distances of 20 feet or more. Wikipedia says that their bite is mildly toxic to humans, but in all my hundreds of encounters with them, getting their webs stuck all over me, I’ve never been bitten by one.

Golden Orb Spider (Nephila clavipes)  By Cmglee
Photo By Cmglee

The golden orb is the only spider known to make its webs strong enough to be used for various kinds of bags and fishnets and, as you can see in this photo, an exquisite cape.

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