Spiders Down Under
by Maria Hernandez-Soriano, KU Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium
The Golden Orb Spider is named for the colour of the web it weaves. These constructions are very strong and can be up to a metre or more across. In Far North Queensland these spiders are very large and are known to eat birds that have become trapped in their powerful webs.Aboriginals have been known to use a small tree branch to entwine the web with the spiders inside and use them as lures when fishing. Walking in the garden at night it is common to walk into these webs but the spiders are not harmful to humans.
Maria Hernandez-Soriano (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu)