Scientific Name: Nephila edulis
What it looks like: The Golden Orb Weavers vary in colour from red to greenish yellow, along with bright white patches on their head and body and striped legs. There distinctive colourings are a warning sign to potential predators.
- Male golden orb weavers can be tiny, with the females being up to 50 times his size.
- Hunters in New Guinea used orb spider webs as fishing nets.
What they eat: Feed mainly on flying insects, but have even been seen to catch birds.
Where they live: Tropical forest in Australia and New Guinea.
Habitat: Tropical forest.
Web Style: Orb webs up to a metre across.