Unidentified

Picture ID 52243

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

A small male was sighted on the periphery of the web. ie the Spider in the photo is a female. Large web was spun between the trunks of the tree.

  • Submitted by: 
    Delmonte
  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2019
  • Photographed: Jan 25, 2019
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Spotted Outdoors: High foliage (includes trees and tree trunks)
  • Found in web?: Yes
  • Attributes:
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Yes, this is one of the Gold Silk Orb Weavers in the family Araneidae. One of the Nephila species (there are several recorded from South Africa).

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It looks a lot like the Black-legged or Hairy Golden Orb Weaver, Nephila fenestrata. Look here for comparison:
https://spiderid.com/spider/araneidae/nephila/fenestrata/