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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.