10 July 2011

Golden Silk Orb Weaver


Here is a Golden Silk Orb Weaver shot by me at the mouth of Mossy Point, New South Wales. Note the golden tinge to the silk, the spider is not golden in colour. Of the genus Nephila - according to the fossil record, the oldest surviving genus of spiders, with a fossilized specimen known from 165 million years ago. The word Nephila derives from Ancient Greek, meaning, directly, lover of spinning.

Image, 3 July 2011

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