Queen of the Golden Trap

Nephila pilipesThere are quite a few Golden Orb weavers (Nephila pilipes) to be seen about at this time of the year but this beauty decided to take advantage of the shelter available under the eaves of the house.  There are many males on the web, mostly hovering around the outside edges – waiting their turn or just not wishing to become part of her menu yet?

There is no shortage of food for her, with the large number of insects breeding prolifically in our typical wet season, and the hapless victims are consumed with great efficiency.

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