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Orb-weaving spider (Araneidae)Nephila plumipes

Humped golden orb-weaver at Bournda National Park

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Nephila plumipes at Bournda National Park - 23 Feb 2017
Nephila plumipes at Bournda National Park - 23 Feb 2017
Nephila plumipes at Bournda National Park - 23 Feb 2017

Identification history

Orb-weaving spider (Araneidae) Nephila plumipes 18 Mar 2017 KimPullen
Orb-weaving spider (Araneidae) Nephila plumipes 18 Mar 2017 KimPullen
Nephila plumipes 23 Feb 2017 SteveBurrows
Orb-weaving spider (Araneidae) Nephila edulis 23 Feb 2017 MaxCampbell
Unidentified 23 Feb 2017 SteveBurrows

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Author's notes

Possibly in the Argiope genus

6 comments

wrote:
   23 Feb 2017
Thanks, although after checking the images on the Atlas of Living Australia it looks like N. plumipes based on the body markings and the yellow joints
wrote:
   23 Feb 2017
Hi Steve, I checked the underside markings against a confirmed N. edulis sighting on this sight and thought it very close. On looking at N. plumipes images however, I think you might be right; I'll leave it for Kim.
wrote:
   19 Mar 2017
Steve, Stuart Harris identified a similar-looking spider from Green Cape as N. plumipes so that backs up your ID.
wrote:
   19 Mar 2017
Hi Kim, Max and I have looked thru our Nephila images and think some could be plumipes too, but we're not confident of the differences. Any chance you could look back through the sightings we've put in too?
wrote:
   19 Mar 2017
Sure Jackie, I'll check them out. I'm not personally familiar with N. plumipes - I don't think it occurs here on the Tablelands - so I'll have to find out about it in the literature or online.
wrote:
   8 May 2017
Jackie and Max (and Steve) - According to the Australian Museum (https://australianmuseum.net.au/golden-orb-weaving-spiders), 'the main difference between...Nephila plumipes and N. edulis (which is commoner in inland regions) is the presence of a 'knob' on the front of the sternum (the heart shaped plate on the underside of the body between the legs) of N. plumipes'. It's not possible to see the sternum clearly in any of the images in ALCW, and the other features mentioned online such as the yellow bands on the legs of N. plumipes seem too variable. The three bright yellow bands on each of the four front legs of #3372978 look distinctive, but that spider may be immature.

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Epacris impressa (Common Heath) at Bournda National Park - 8 Jun 2018 by SteveBurrows
Dampiera stricta (Blue Dampiera) at Bournda National Park - 8 Jun 2018 by SteveBurrows
Acacia suaveolens (Sweet Wattle) at Bournda National Park - 8 Jun 2018 by SteveBurrows
Acacia ulicifolia (Prickly Moses) at Bournda National Park - 8 Jun 2018 by SteveBurrows
Correa reflexa var. speciosa at Bournda National Park - 8 Jun 2018 by SteveBurrows
Hakea decurrens subsp. platytaenia (Coast Needlewood) at Bournda National Park - 8 Jun 2018 by SteveBurrows
Leucopogon juniperinus (Long Flower Beard-Heath) at Bournda National Park - 8 Jun 2018 by SteveBurrows
Persoonia linearis (Narrow-leaved Geebung) at Bournda National Park - 21 May 2018 by SteveBurrows
Hakea decurrens subsp. platytaenia (Coast Needlewood) at Bournda National Park - 21 May 2018 by SteveBurrows
Acacia ulicifolia (Prickly Moses) at Bournda National Park - 21 May 2018 by SteveBurrows
Bossiaea heterophylla (Variable Bossiaea) at Bournda National Park - 21 May 2018 by SteveBurrows
Epacris impressa (Common Heath) at Bournda National Park - 21 May 2018 by SteveBurrows
Monotoca scoparia (Broom Heath) at Bournda National Park - 21 May 2018 by SteveBurrows
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Xanthosia pilosa (Woolly Xanthosia) at Bournda National Park - 14 Aug 2016 by SteveBurrows
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Leucopogon ericoides (Pink Beard-Heath) at Bournda National Park - 12 Aug 2016 by SteveBurrows
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Acacia ulicifolia (Prickly Moses) at Bournda National Park - 2 May 2016 by SteveBurrows
PTEROPHORIDAE sp. (Plume moth) at Bournda National Park - 16 Feb 2016 by SteveBurrows
Argiope keyserlingi (St Andrew's Cross Spider) at Bournda National Park - 13 Jan 2016 by SteveBurrows
Orthodera ministralis (Green mantid) at Bournda National Park - 29 Dec 2015 by SteveBurrows
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Acacia suaveolens (Sweet Wattle) at Bournda National Park - 10 May 2011 by SteveBurrows

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  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 1 - 3 Abundance
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