Australian Golden Silk Orb Weaver Nephila/(Trichonephila) edulis

Australian Golden Silk Orb Weaver
Australian Golden Silk Orb Weaver
Australian Golden Silk Orb Weaver
The Australian Golden Silk Orb Weaver is a forest dweller that weaves some of the largest orb webs in the world at some 1.5m (5 feet) diameter of gold-coloured silk. The webs catch insects and even small birds. Females spend their life on the web and have a vertical larder of silk-wrapped prey for lean times.
Australian Golden Silk Orb Weaver
Australian Golden Silk Orb Weaver
Australian Golden Silk Orb Weaver
It is native to Australasia (Australia, New Zealand's North Island, New Caledonia and New Guinea). Males are tiny (up to 6mm) compared to the females (2-4cm head/body) and often live on the edges of a female's web waiting a chance to mate.
Australian Golden Silk Orb Weaver
Australian Golden Silk Orb Weaver
Australian Golden Silk Orb Weaver
The spider is not aggressive and its bite is not lethal to humans; humans, however, do eat the spider.