Leeds would know. He plays with spidies.
Not sure exactly where to put this thread. I was wondering if anyone can identify EXACTLY what species of orb spider this is:
image found on this website: Digital Apoptosis: Golden Orb Spider (Nephila maculata)
I don't think it's the "Golden Orb" spider as the author puts it. I looked up the Golden Orb and it has a very different-shaped body and markings. I have this spider at my house in the Philippines. Lives in the trees. Nasty mother... here's what I posted on that site:
I think it's quite interesting to have a spider that no one seems to know its name exactly. Perhaps we should get it named for the books? The one in my home is EXACTLY like this one... shape of the body and the markings, but I remember it to have slightly longer legs. The thing has a leg span larger than my hand.Originally Posted by theanimaster
I also think it's funny, that person who made a remark like "Good work on the macro take". That is NOT a macro lense -- the spider IS HUGE!
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Leeds would know. He plays with spidies.
This certainly looks like a Nephila clavipes (Golden Silk Orb Weaver) to me as I have seen several of them on one of my plantations. They are poisonous but not dangerous to humans, the venom is a mild neurotoxin which will cause localised pain and discomfort but the effects don't last long.
I've never heard of them eating geckos although full-grown females would certainly be big enough to kill and immobilise them. You have a beautiful spider there Ani, try to take some photos of her next time you see her.
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Perhaps I've never seen the male (?) because all the ones I've seen are quite large - I'd say about half a foot in leg span. They move quite quickly, but as I've mentioned, they are clumsy as well and tend to fall out of their webs to their doom :P I think that's how they got to our yard in the first place. We first spotted them in our highschool and then one day they were breeding in our yard -- they must have hitched a ride on our car. This was all in the Philippines. Unfortunately, last time I was there I didn't see as many of them around in the trees. Maybe it wasn't their 'season'? If I go back there for a vacation, I'll try to capture it on film Thanks for the info!
Daniel Bedingfield claimed that his new album is what it would sound like if Sting, Stevie Wonder and Micheal Jackson were in a basement together - I haven't got the album so I'll have to imagine the sound of a blind bloke and a Geordie kicking the shit out of a pedophile.
Even scarier, maybe you can't see it.
If ya mean ants, I don't mind them. Spiders scare the living shit out of me though, I am terrified of the things... had a huge one in my classroom a couple weeks ago n had to get someone to get rid of the thing lol.
If you're wearing spiked heels it's a tuff aim to smack um. Easy with trainers tho.
That thing is pretty similar to what I found in my classroom lol, the thing fell off the roof onto one of the students when he went into the room. I thought it was just a plastic one he had put on the floor to scare me..... shit my pants when it moved
haha. I'd be running down the hall right alongside my students at that point. Luckily the worst I've ever had to deal with was a spider maybe an inch in diameter in my apartment in Korea. I used about twenty layers of tissue and had two socks over my hand. The worst thing was that it was on the ceiling, so the whole time I was having visions of me missing and knocking it down onto my head.
Most bugs don't bother me too much, but there's just something about spiders.
I like spidies cause they are super unique, neither animal nor insect. What I find tasteless and classless about them is they have no esophagus. The have beaks on the exterior of their stomachs and draw the prey right up into it, no taste = no class, mum used to always tell me.
Beautiful spider Liz, never seen a huntsman that size before - it's a monster!
^ Had them in Oz.....very common....I too am a spider pussy....scream like a bird!!!
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