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11/09/12The image was taken in Yardie's Creek, Western Australia. I found this huge spider, which was about the size of my fist, along a footpath heading into the nature area. It's called the Golden Orbweaver because of the golden color of its web, which you can clearly see in the photo. Its web is exceptionally strong. Even larger specimens than this one have been found catching small birds in their web!
My 8 year old son wasn't paying attention and accidentally walked into the web. Luckily (for him and me!) it ran of along one of the vertical threads supporting the web, giving me a nice photo opportunity and my son a lucky break.
I'm still puzzled by the scientific name of this spider, Nephila edulis. Edulis is Latin for edible, which does not seem very appropriate for an animal like this. Probably it's size makes up for its taste!