Nephila edulis aka Golden Silk Orb Weaver
Female and nest
Dulwich garden – April 24th, 2014 – sunny, pleasant conditions
Photos & Test: Michal Dutkiewicz
Usually, I would see this female Orb Weaver in the centre of her nest, but was surprised one afternoon to come out and see she wasn’t in that position. After a moment of concerned searching, I saw her on a nearby branch, above and to one side of the web, making final touches to a yellowish, matted nest of spider silk and various forms of organic litter. Since then, the web was interfered with by someone, and she disappeared, but I am hoping some of the young have survived.