Golden Silk Orbweaver

January 18, 2011 | Gandoca-Manzanillo NWR, Limon Province, Costa Rica

I’ve never quite been happy with any of the photos I’ve taken of this species, Nephila clavipes. This photo is no exception. I do like that it captures the gold color of the web, and that at least a few of the leg tufts are in focus.

It’s a shame the spider lost a leg somewhere along the way. The missing leg distracts me every time I look at her.

These spiders really are quite large. This one measured around 30mm, 70mm if you throw in the legs.

See if you can spot the little fly that’s perched on her abdomen.

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2 Responses to Golden Silk Orbweaver

  1. biozcw says:

    The fly seems belong to the family Milichiidae. Interesting finding!

    • Troy Bartlett says:

      The fly very well could be one of those freeloader flies. This spider was feeding on a large bumblebee, but I disturbed her and she retreated a short distance away.

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