Trichonephila inaurata
(Red-legged Golden Orb-weaver)

Picture ID 62567

Picture of Trichonephila inaurata (Red-legged Golden Orb-weaver) - Dorsal
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It also has bound debris in its web that is similar to the Trashline Orbweavers. That can be a clue.


Looks similar to a Nephila Madagascariensis.


Found this image in the Nephila M. species. I think your spider might just have lighter, slighter yellow spots down the stripe on her abdomen. It could be just really hard to see.

This link will show you the spider I’m thinking of:

I could be completely wrong, but I just went through all of the Nephila types, and none were quite like yours. Her coloration was most similar to the one I found. Either yours is a new type, or it simply morphed to be less yellow? I’m gonna keep up the search — you’ve got me hooked!


It seems to match well enough to Nephila inaurata madagascariensis, I don’t have the subspecies entered in the system yet so it’s just filed as Nephila inaurata for now.


Says the name up top. But I have never seen or heard of anything like it. Very pretty spider.

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