Golden Silk Orb Weaver 2 by ©Dawne M. Dunton


The female Golden Orb Weaver is a large spider with grey body and black and yellow banded legs. The male is much smaller and brown or reddish-brown in color. The female builds a large vertical web with golden threads. The spider remains in the web all day.

female 20-40mm, male 6mm

Builds large yellow web strung between tree branches or onto electricity poles; the males tend to occupy the edge of the female’s web

Insects such as flies, grasshoppers, moths, beetles that fly into the large web. Sometimes their strong webs manage to trap small birds or bats, and the spider will wrap them in silk and feed on them.

Yellow egg sac is near the web hidden in foliage, often in the tree used to support the web

Orb weavers are not aggressive.Symptoms of bite are usually minor with mild local pain, numbness and swelling.

My name is Dawne Dunton, I’ll be honest and say I can’t really call myself an artist or a professional photographer. I’ve never taken a class, I’m purely an amateur that wants to be more. I take photos of just about everything that catches my eye, and I mean everything. Some of my photos may be odd to you, but I like the odd. I hope you enjoy what I see!!

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  • Jo Nijenhuis
    Jo Nijenhuisover 2 years ago

    I liked this so much… Guess what?

    Enjoy the Permanent Featured Gallery – December 22/2012!
    Have a wonderful Weekend!
    Cheers, Jo ;)

  • Thank you very much!

    – ©Dawne M. Dunton

  • starwarsguy
    starwarsguyover 2 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thank you so much!

    – ©Dawne M. Dunton

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureover 2 years ago

    What a handsome spider! Congratulations on your feature in Insects, Bugs, and Creepy Crawlies – FAVE:>)

  • Thanks MotherNature!!

    – ©Dawne M. Dunton

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