Golden Orb

Queensland, Australia, March 2012: While on a recent holiday in Queensland I had a close call with one of these giant Golden Orb spiders. We’d stopped at the side of the road to stretch our legs when I nearly walked into one of their giant webs…

They have a very nasty bite- though not fatal to humans- and are known to consume small birds that are unfortunate enough to fly into their webs.

The females are massive compared with the males- the largest size difference between sexes of any spiders. This one was bigger than my hand…

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