Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Golden orbweb spider eggsac

Nephila edulis (Koch)

Order: Araneae
Family: Tetragnathidae

Size range

  • Large spider, body length of female 24mm


  • From Australia

Life History

  • Occasionally found in NZ, probably doesn’t breed here
  • Forms a very large web, up to two metres in diameter, attached to buildings, shrubs, or between trees
  • Silk strands of web are golden in colour
  • Catches any large flying insects
  • Eggsac is also bound in golden silk

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