What spider is this?

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by MrBonk, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. MrBonk

    MrBonk Guest

    Greetings,
    My GF and I were wandering around in the Cooloola National
    Park yesterday with my D70 and found this spider. Can anyone tell me what
    it is, or at least point me to somewhere on the web (absolutely no pun
    intended.....) where I can maybe try and find out?

    WARNING!! 2.6MB image, so if you're on dial-up, go make a cup of coffee
    after you click the link.....

    http://members.iinet.net.au/~mrbonk/DSC_1702.JPG

    Thanks,
    MrBonk
    www.mrbonk.com
     
    MrBonk, Jan 15, 2005
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    Marty Morgan Guest

    Marty Morgan, Jan 16, 2005
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    Jim Vatunz Guest

    it appears to be a Nephila pilipes
    i found a photo of one here
    http://www.xs4all.nl/~ednieuw/australian/Thumbnails/Thumbnails.htm

    The size of the image doesn't worry me as a fellow iinet user on
    broadband but you may do many of the others a favour if you reduced
    the size of the post a bit.
    It's a very good photo though. I took a poorish picture of what i
    thought was an unusual spider last year. I later found it to be a Male
    Mopsus Penicillatus and i don't think it's too rare. the photo is
    here.
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~farmerjim/misc/green_spider.jpg

    For a very plain website try
    http://ii.net/~farmerjim/
     
    Jim Vatunz, Jan 16, 2005
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    Ken Oaf Guest

    Female golden orb weaver.

    Mostly harmless, but they have inadvertently killed some 20 people over the
    years.

    The people died either from fright or tripping over as they tried to avoid or
    escape from their rather strong webs.

    BTW, the big ones are the females and their abdomens will swell to quite a large
    size. You will usually see a much smaller spider on the same web. That is the
    poor male.
     
    Ken Oaf, Jan 16, 2005
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    Don Guest

    Don, Jan 16, 2005
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    s Guest

    Some spiders i spotted in my yard this arve :

    http://www.scottf.org/photos/bugs/
    The girls can get quite big, the largest of the 20+ in my yard has an
    abdomen the size of a 10c piece.
     
    s, Jan 16, 2005
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    bear Guest

    I know them as "all nighters" cause you need to be wary all night if your
    wandering around. I'd believe the die of fright bit, had a city mate that
    walked through a big tough web and nearly slapped himself to death.
     
    bear, Jan 16, 2005
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    Ken Oaf Guest

    1, 2 and 3 are golden orb weavers, 4 is a St Andrews Cross spider.

    All are females.
     
    Ken Oaf, Jan 16, 2005
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    Drunkard Guest

    Yep...Orb.

    Harmless, although I had a mate swallow one once while he was yappin'
    away walking through the bush...nearly choked him to death :)

    General rule is that any spider that makes a web above the ground is
    harmless. Ground hunters are the deadly ones.
     
    Drunkard, Jan 17, 2005
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