Australia 2016 - moonshine

Coastal Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila plumipes)

After getting settled at the campground we decided to go for a little hike along the lake. We quickly ran into this. Not particularly poisonous, but at 3.5 to 4 inches across, not really something you want to mess with either. Thing is, they seemed to intentionally string their webs across the trail. We ducked around a half dozen of them on a short hike, really demotivating any thoughts of a moonlit walk that evening. The small spider above her is likely the male, the other material is essentially her garbage dump, the carcasses of past meals. Awoonga Lake, Queensland.

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