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Spider Photos - Golden Silk Orbweaver (Africa)

Here's some photos of  Golden Orb Weavers from Africa. 
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Golden Orb Weavers (Australia) Golden Orb Weavers (Africa)

Golden Orb Weavers (Other Places)

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NEPHILA - Kenya

Reply: This is a golden orb weaver and not considered dangerous  - glen

12 July, 2014:
Hi, Can you identify this spider for me? I found it in Kenya (east Africa) a couple of years ago. in total with legs it was about 5cm long

NEPHILA - Mozambique

Reply: This is a golden orb weaver and not considered dangerous  - glen

13 February, 2014:
I had taken this picture of this beautiful color spider in my backyard in Matola in Mozambique and I would like ti know if you maybe have information for me of this spider is it poisonous or not I'm very scared of any spiders Friendly Regards Marietjie

NEPHILA - Nigeria

Reply: Yes, this is a golden orb weaver and probably the male  - glen

13 February, 2014:
Dear Glen, Fascinating website (http://www.spiderzrule.com/spiderphotos.htm) I snapped a strange spider in Nigeria; see picture. Would you know the name? The other is of a beautiful Golden Orb Weaver spider. Thanks and best regards, Delondiny

NEPHILA - Sierra Leone

30 June, 2013:
Hi Glen, I stumbled across your website trying to identify the spider I've attached a picture of. It is in a Avocado tree in the compound of the house we live in in Sierra Leone, West Africa. It's web seems to be several layers connected together. If you can help us identify it, we'd really appreciate it. Many thanks. Matt

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NEPHILA - Congo

Reply: Yes, this is a golden orb weaver and probably a female as the males are usually smaller - glen

20 February, 2012:
Hi Glen, I found this one in Kindu, Maniema, Rep Dem Congo. I think itís a golden orb weaver but itís slightly different from the ones I can find on your site. This one has more yellow and the black stripes donít cross the entire body. Is this a female? Thanks ComCen

NEPHILA - South Africa

29 May, 2016:
Good day, Glen This spider was photographed in a garden in the Riviersonderend area in the Western Cape, South Africa. Can you please identify it? Johanna

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27 May, 2015:
Dear Glen, I found this little princess outside my house in Western Cape, South Africa and was wondering if her bite would be lethal? Looking forward to hear from you. Thank you Lazanda

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14 April, 2015:
Good day Glen Hope you are doing fine. Glen can you identify this spider location Sasolburg South Africa. Enjoy the rest of your day Linda

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1 March, 2015:
Hi Glen Please can you identify what type of spider this is? Spider in Pretoria, Gauteng. Thank you Regards Mohamed

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1 March, 2015:
Hi Glen I found this spider in my garden and would like to know what it is? Kind Regards Patrick

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24 February, 2015:
Hi There, I live in Johannesburg, South Africa and found this spider near a light at my front door at about 9pm last night. Hope you can help identify as I cannot find a spider that looks like it. Regards, John

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11 February, 2015:
Hi, Can you identify the spider in the attached pics. I don't think it is especially unusual as my daughter tells me she has them in her garden nearby. I live in Cape Town South Africa. Thanks and regards, Colin

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14 June, 2013:
Hi Please identify for me Just seen in Oranjeville South Africa. Body is 2,5cm long. What should I do with it is nested above our door and I need to move it Thanks Richard

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14 June, 2013:
Hi Glen. My name is Phillip and I live in Hermanus SA. Our garden is home to a huge variety of spiders and my wife and I love them very much. We just leave them be usually. These two pics are the biggest we have found so far. Its just a golden orb and a rain spider. Will send more soon  

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14 June, 2013:
Identify please

 

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14 June, 2013:
Hi Glen Found your website and was wondering if you could id this spider. Few in the tree outside my window. Cape Town South Africa

 

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Reply: The other spider is not the male, it is a different species altogether - glen

27 September,  2013:
Hi there , Am i correct in assuming the small one is a male ? Normally the male orb weaver has a much smaller abdomen . Maybe a juvenile female ? please help .
Regards,  Albert, Cape Town , South Africa .

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Reply: This is a golden orb weaver, you can see the beautiful golden strands of her web - glen

16 JUney, 2013:
Hi there, I took this photo in eastern South Africa in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi nature reserve. Can you identify the animal? Thanks, Rainer

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Reply: This is a golden orb weaver - glen

17 May, 2013:
Not sure who to send this to, she is too beautiful not to share Found this beauty in my garden in Hermanus. Thought you would find her interesting as she only has six legs. Iíve got more pictures if you are interested.

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Reply: Yes, this is a golden orb weaver - glen

13 May, 2013:
Hi Do you have any idea which spider this is? It's from kwa Zulu natal south Africa. Regards Wayne

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Reply: This is a golden orb weaver - glen

4 June, 2011:
Hello Came across your site while trying to identify a spider on the net, have had no luck at all. Cant really tell size from the pic, its probably about 12cm (front to back legs) its also got white spots under its abdomen Thanks! Regards Daniel

 

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Reply: This is a golden orb weaver - glen

29 April, 2011:
Hi Glen Can you help me identify this spider? I live in the Limpopo province, South-Africa and this is where I found it. Its almost as big as my hand,the body an inch long with long thick legs(hairy on the middle knuckles) The web is surprisenly very strong and very densely spun over a meter or so. I took some pics from all sides to show you better. Hope you can help me. Kind Regards Steven

 

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Reply: This is a golden orb weaver - glen

13 March, 2011:
Hi Glen What a great web site. I took this picture earlier this week! Everywhere in our areas you find these spiders. I live in Reebok, near Mossel Bay in South Africa. What kind of spider is this and is it dangerous?? Hope you can help! Kind regards, ANGELIQUE

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Reply: I'd say this is a golden orb weaver - glen

16 February, 2011:
Hi Glen, Please can u help us identify this spider. We live in south africa and have never see anything like it. It is protecting a egg sac and sharing a web with a much small spider which we assume is the male. It is also the size of a palm on a persons hand. It has made a nest outside our kitchen window,which is about 5 meter off the ground. In what seems to look like a funnel web, and the web surrounding it is about 1 meter wide. Your assistance would gladly be appreciated,as this is the closes picture we could get so far and is unsure if it is harmful the humans or not. Thank you Samanthe

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14 August, 2010:
Hi, This spider lives on the stoop of our house in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. It is so stunningly beautiful that I thought you may life a picture of it. I came across your web site while trying to ID the particular spider.

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Reply: This is a golden silk orb weaver and they are not particularly dangerous - glen

24 April, 2010
Hi Can you please identify this spider for me and also indicate if it is dangerous? It has taken residence in our back garden in Witbank, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

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Reply: This is a golden silk orb weaver and I would say they are the same species - glen

5 April, 2010
Would you be so kind to help me indentify these spiders. 1. Are they the same? 2. Found our farm in Namibia (Southern Africa)

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Reply: These are  golden orb weavers. You can see the small male in the left photo.
24 April, 2009:

Hi Glen Found your site via Google and was hoping you could help with identifying the spider that has taken up residence in our garden. We live in Cape Town, South Africa, and found this specimen after a weekend away. We have a two year old daughter, and want to find out if we can leave the spider where he is, or if we should take it to the reptile farm or another garden. Thanks for your help Ė look forward to hearing from you. Claire

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Reply: Thanks, some nice photos of a golden orb weaver. The smaller spider is the male.

17 March, 2009:
Hi Glen.I went to your web site accidently to be honnest. I have comeback recently from capetown, and i have taken few nice photographies that i thought would be nice to share with someone who is this much fascinated with spiders. Regards Pawel.

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17 March, 2009:
Hi I stumbled across your website while trying to identify a spider, I took the photo in Kwazulu Natal - South Africa at a friends wedding, there were several of these spiders (some more black than yellow), some were bigger than my hand and the webs were between tress strectching several metres across. Can you tell me what it is? Thanks Wesley

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Reply: This is another South African version of the golden orb weaver.
4 March, 2009:

Hi Glen Found your site via Google and was hoping you could help with identifying the spider that has taken up residence in our garden. We live in Cape Town, South Africa, and found this specimen after a weekend away. We have a two year old daughter, and want to find out if we can leave the spider where he is, or if we should take it to the reptile farm or another garden. Thanks for your help Ė look forward to hearing from you. Claire

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Reply: They are the South African version of the golden orb weaver.
4 March, 2009:

Dear Glen, In South Africa in the North-West Province near the town of Brits, many of these spiders spin their webs across the footpaths in the veld. Are they typically South African, or the same as the USA and Australian
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20 February, 2008:
Good Day I was just wondering if you could please tell me what kind of spider this is? I live in Cape Town, South Africa and I came across this spider in our garden. It has a huge web and has grown over the past week. This is the closest I could get to it without damaging its web. I am very interested to find out more about it and if its harmful? Our dog is in the same area has it and I'm scared it may bit her. I look forward to your reply,
Kindest Regards, Kerry

19 December, 2005:
Hi there, My name is Susan Sheper. We live in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of
the Congo (Central Africa). Twice over the last 12 years, we have found this amazing spider spinning it's golden web on our property. Today was the second time. This morning, my husband and I were out walking around our yard when we spotted this beauty gleaming in the sun. Its web extends up from the top of the bush about 3 meters to where a few strands hook onto the trunk of a palm tree. (see photo: golden web2) The web is distinctly yellow and has areas of real ordered weaving and other areas that are just messy. (photo: golden web) The body is smooth with some hair on parts of the legs. The body alone measures about 3cm long.(photos: spiderFront, spiderBack) We immediately searched the net to see if we could find out what kind of a spider it is and if it is harmful either to us, our kids or our cats - but search as we did, we couldn't find this particular one. Do you know anything about it? Is it rare? Or is there just a shortage of spider hunters in Central Africa? If you can't identify this guy, can you point us in the direction of someone who could? Many thanks, Susan Sheper

 

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15 April, 2005:
Hello Glen,  My name is brandon from South Africa - johannesburg. I found this spider in my garden about three weeks ago. I think it is part of the golden orb weaver family (i do not know much about spiders), but am fascinated with this one. I have been feeding it moths, crickets, beetles ect. The web is definatley a golden colour. there are two other much smaller spiders crawling around on his web - they look to be parasitic ?? or could they be males ??  i found him in a tree about 3 meters high and the web is probably 600mm square. I live in an urban area - houses all around with average gardens ? Could you maybe help to identify exactly which spider this is ? seeing as though we have similar climates ?? Looking forward to your response.
Brandon Houghton

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