Eastern Golden Orb Weaver Nephila/(Trichonephila) plumipes

Australian Orb Weaver
Australian Orb Weaver
Australian Orb Weaver
The Eastern (or Humped) Golden Orb Weaver is similar to the Australian Golden Silk Orb Weaver, N. edulis (see link) but was in an open area of a Sydney Park rather than forest and has banded legs. Some have darker bodies. They can have an off-white, greyish or plum coloured body but with yellow banded legs. Males are tiny (up to 6mm) compared to the females (more than 2cm head/body) and often live on the edges of a female's web waiting a chance to mate, as shown. The larder line of silk-wrapped prey is also shown.