Madagascar Orb Weaver

Orb Spider

Scientific name:  Nephila inaurata madagascariensis

What it looks like: This species of spider features an elongated black body and red legs, with females featuring prominent yellow markings on their abdomen.

Animal facts:

  • Silk from these spiders was used to make a golden cloak displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2012.
  • Female Madagascar orb weavers tend to be six times bigger than their male counterparts.

What they eat: Feed mainly on flying insects.

Where they live: Madagascar.

Web Style: Orb webs up to a metre across.

 

Lifespan
About 1 year
Size
One of the largest orb weaving spiders
Habitat
Tropical Forest