Subject: Golden Silk Orb-Weaver
Location: Southwestern Shaanxi Province, China
September 24, 2013 12:48 am
I also found this spider in our bike shed. I think she’s a golden silk orb-weaver in the genus Nephila, probably Nephila clavata. She’s a beautiful specimen and quite a size- her legspan must a good 4 inches!
She also seemed to have quite a lot of debris (uneatean prey, bits of leaf, dustballs etc.) in her web. Due to the sheltered location out of the wind I wondered if it might be some kind of web decoration?
Signature: Paul UK
We agree that this Golden Silk Spider is most likely Nephila clavata. We do not believe that Golden Silk Spiders reconstruct their webs entirely each night, so the web could contain considerable debris.