Madagascan Golden Orb Spider Nephila/Trichonephila inaurata madagascariensis

Madagascan Golden Orb Spider
Madagascan Golden Orb Spider
Madagascan Golden Orb Spider
The Madagascan Golden Orb Spider weaves some of the largest orb webs of silk that shines gold in sunlight. The webs catch insects and even small birds. Often several adjoining webs appear as one aggregated giant web.
Madagascan Golden Orb Spider
Madagascan Golden Orb Spider
Madagascan Golden Orb Spider
Females spend their life on the web and have a vertical larder of silk-wrapped prey for lean times. Males are tiny (up to 3mm) compared to the females (6cm head/body; 20cm leg span) and live on the edges of a female's web.
Madagascan Golden Orb Spider
Madagascan Golden Orb Spider
Madagascan Golden Orb Spider
It is native to Southern Africa, Madagascar and the Seychelles. Sometimes the Madagascan is treated as a full species, N. madagascariensis. Also called the Red-legged Orb Weaver.
Madagascan Golden Orb Spider
Madagascan Golden Orb Spider
Madagascan Golden Orb Spider
A golden cape was made using silk from more than 1.2 million spiders and put on display in London's Victoria and Albert Museum.