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A sizable new spider at our backyard.
February 21, 2010
Hi Bugman, here are a couple of photos of a species of spiders I don’t remember seeing at our Sydney backyard before. Would you be able to id it, please.
Ridou Ridou
Sydney Australia

Golden Silk Spider

Goodness gracious Ridou, you are keeping us busy,
This beauty is a female Golden Silk Spider in the genus Nephila.  There are numerous species in Australia, and we are not certain exactly what species this is.  The Spiders of Australia website has several identified and unidentified members of the genus.  We believe this might be Nephila ornata based on images posted on the Nature Stuff website.

Golden Silk Spider

The Brisbane Insect website has nice images of several other members in the genus.

Golden Silk Spider

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