Australian Golden Orb-web Spider
Male, profile
Red and Black Spider
Australian Golden Orb-web Spider (Nephila edulis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)
Order: Spiders (Araneae)
Family: Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Nephilidae)
Species: Australian Golden Orb-web Spider (Nephila edulis)
This Photo:     Male & female, rotated

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), in the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
This is the usually large, grey spider found hanging from road signs on country roads. One of the most photographed spiders in Australia. The male is red and much smaller. It is only when you see them togethal that his colours make any sense; ie they match her ventral colours.

Copyright © 2017- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 25-Mar-2017
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.