Large spider in Yangmingshan National Park, Taiwan
Location: Yangmingshan National Park, Taiwan
January 17, 2011 1:14 am
Saw this large spider alongside a mountain road in northern Taiwan. Did quite a bit of searching, but my google-fu is not up to the task.
This is a Golden Silk Spider in the genus Nephila, however we are uncertain of the exact species. Nephila pilipes is documented in Taiwan, however, the marking are different in the images that are posted online. The silk spun by the Golden Silk Spiders is quite strong, and there are numerous reports of Golden Silk Spiders snaring and feeding upon small birds that get entangled in the webs made of golden silk.
2011/01/17 at 11:04 pm
I searched the web in Chinese and found this picture to be a good match. The linked picture is an adult female of Argiope ocula (眼點金蛛 in Chinese, or Eye-spotted Golden Spider, translated literally):
Adult male and immature of this species have very different color pattern in the abdomen.
Thanks for the correction. We wish we could verify this on a reputable website.