Golden Orb Spider

Golden Silk Orb-weaver Spider

We had been told by many locals last summer when we first started visiting the swamp that the Orb, aka Banana, Spiders were nothing to worry about. They seldom make their web across the trail and don’t jump onto humans. Sure enough, their season passed without incident, but I still don’t like to get too close.

This year’s batch is now very active building webs and it was interesting watching this female spinning her silk.

Golden Orb Spider
Golden Orb Spider weaving her web – click photo for larger view

Back and forth, hanging upside down and pulling herself along very methodically, she added a new row to the top of this web.

Golden Orb Spider
Golden Orb Spider weaving her web – click photo for larger view

The strands appeared to be different colors as the web swayed in the light.

Golden Orb Spider
Golden Orb Spider weaving her web – click photo for larger view

In another web down the trail the smaller male and the female may have been getting ready to mate. The female eats the male when she is done with him. I didn’t stay to watch.

Golden Orb Spider
Golden Orb Spiders – click photo for larger view

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