Golden Orb Web Spiders – Family Nephilidae
The members of this family are usually very large with cylindrical abdomens and a black cephalothorax. They build huge orb webs between trees with golden coloured silk. The exception to this is the Hermit Spider (Nephilengys cruentata), which builds only a partial orb-web with a funnel retreat in one corner where it can hide. It is also usually slightly smaller than the typical Nephila spp.
LIFESTYLE: Sedentary and web-bound
HABITAT: in trees, between trees/bushes, low vegetation or under grass.
BODY SIZE (excluding legs): up to 35 mm
Above: Nephilengys cruentata: HERMIT SPIDER.