Golden Orb Weaver PreyBee Butterfly Dragonfly Fly Gecko Lizard Tail Shield Bug

Australian Golden Orb WeaverFemale Male Dimorphic Males Juvenile to Mature Female Moult Prey Web of Sex Egg Sac Web

Some Australian Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis) webs are really large and will catch numerous prey, from small flies to larger insects (and sometimes catching even larger prey including small reptiles and small birds).

The web of the Golden Orb Weaver does not have to be large to catch sizeable prey, often, all that is needed is for the Golden Orb Weaver to be quick with a bite to inject venom into the unlucky prey, paralysing it. Then the decision is whether to wrap the prey in silk or to start devouring it.

Australian Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis) with Tau Emerald Dragonfly (Hemicordulia tau) prey, Alice Springs NT
Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis) with Tau Emerald Dragonfly (Hemicordulia tau)

Following series of photos are of the Australian Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis) having caught a Tau Emerald Dragonfly (Hemicordulia tau).

Australian Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis) with Tau Emerald Dragonfly (Hemicordulia tau) prey, Alice Springs NT
Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis) with Tau Emerald Dragonfly (Hemicordulia tau)

The photos presented here were taken in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

Tau Emerald Dragonfly (Hemicordulia tau) in the web of Australian Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis), Alice Springs NT
Tau Emerald Dragonfly (Hemicordulia tau) in the web of Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis)
Tau Emerald Dragonfly (Hemicordulia tau) in the web of Australian Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis), Alice Springs NT
Tau Emerald Dragonfly (Hemicordulia tau) in the web of Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis)

Golden Orb Weaver PreyBee Butterfly Dragonfly Fly Gecko Lizard Tail Shield Bug

Australian Golden Orb WeaverFemale Male Dimorphic Males Juvenile to Mature Female Moult Prey Golden Orb and the Bee Golden Orb and the Butterfly Golden Orb and the Dragonfly Golden Orb and the Fly Golden Orb and the Gecko Golden Orb and the Lizard Tail Golden Orb and the Shield Bug Web of Sex Whilst She is Distracted Whilst She is Distracted Again Egg Sac Web

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