This spider is one of the largest spiders in Australia, it is well known for its very large well engineered, perfectly designed, beautiful golden web. Sometimes over a metre in length this web can be found between trees or shrubs.
The chemistry of the web is interesting … said to be flexible, yet, stronger than steel.
These unique spiders help keep the insect population under control and in a very environmentally friendly way. Bringing awareness to their useful resourcefulness is valuable. An example of this is, relocating an orb spider to a pest ridden citrus tree this can be a gardener’s best friend. The spider has been known to keep pest numbers controlled, keeping the tree healthier, chemical free.
They are not known to be aggressive, however, if threatened they have been known to bite. Please don’t kill them, just relocate them.
The Golden Orb Weaver spider has a security system, to give protection from birds and will even be hospitable to smaller spiders, which in turn pay their accommodation by cleaning up any debris from the web.
One of the spiders predators are the wasp, who will pretend to be caught in the web, deceiving the Golden Orb spider; a very sad end to a most talented spider.
M.A.Loveday (Lecturer and Guide on Wildlife. Lover of Nature)