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Giant Wood Spider. Yes it really is a big 'un. Body length 5cm, total length (including legs) 20cm, web diameter 1m and above. Scary eh! :-)


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Post Options Post Options   Quote op1318 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 February 2016 at 18:51
Originally posted by Keith S Keith S wrote:

Giant Wood Spider. Yes it really is a big 'un. Body length 5cm, total length 20cm, web diameter 1m and above. Scary eh! :-)


I love those. Absolutely harmless (at least to humans). Where did you find this one?



The bee in the 1st picture gives an idea of the sizeů

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Keith S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 February 2016 at 19:03
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Saw this one and a few more of these Giant Wood Spiders at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa, India. Yes, very slight venom but a nasty bite.

Nice shots yourself. What spiders are they?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 February 2016 at 20:25
20cm body? 1m web???? Run away! (Oh why do I look at this thread !!!!)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Keith S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 February 2016 at 20:44
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No my friend you read it slightly wrong. It's a 5cm body length and overall length, including legs, of 20cm. I will amend the description (which can be seen in more detail on my Flickr stream) to make that clearer. Still a big bugger though, one of the largest in the world from what I can find out :-}
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Post Options Post Options   Quote op1318 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 February 2016 at 21:02
Originally posted by Keith S Keith S wrote:

@op1318
Saw this one and a few more of these Giant Wood Spiders at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa, India. Yes, very slight venom but a nasty bite.

Nice shots yourself. What spiders are they?


Thanks!
They are both red-legged golden orb-web palm spider (Nephila inaurata), females.
The first one is from the Seychelles. They are almost everywhere in the Seychelles. People are very used to them and do not hesitate to manipulate them without any fear of being bitten.
The second one is from Reunion island.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 February 2016 at 21:21
Keith, I can breath maybe more easily at the thought of a spider that is 'merely' 20cm full length.

I always tell the children that the spiders are OK in the house (UK breeds only ) as they eat the flies. (Who wants flies in their house???) We used to have a house spider who would run across the living room floor every evening. We called him Arthur and he kept himself to himself (only 5cm full length but big for the UK).

Anyway, back to your photo. I wonder, is it possible to get something 'known' into the photo to give a sense of the actual size? On a web in isolation, it could be any size really. It would be interesting to see it climbing out of a teacup (for example!?) Maybe move the Magenta slider towards green a bit? Although the slight purple hue gives a sort of alien feel to the beast. Maybe that's good
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Keith S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 February 2016 at 21:46
Mikey

Yes, our British spiders are quite ... er .... big enough for us, but quite small when you get to tropical countries. I for one feel that our spiders are well big enough and should not get any bigger than they are :-}. Say hello to Arthur for me ... but don't tell him about his enormous relative, we don't want him feeling diminutive do we ;)

Regarding the photo. I would be quite happy to go back to Goa and try to get some kind of scale for you, maybe peeping out of a beer glass or climbing up the wife's leg LOL LOL LOL. If you are really keen, maybe, with a small (or large) contribution from you to another holiday there for me and my wife, it could be arranged :-))) (note to self, must try to find out how to get those emotions to work on these posts).

Unfortunately, all the spiders I saw were in the centre of their webs which were strung between tree branches so no hope of anything scaleable. My wife refused to stand behind the web or even hold it in her hand for scale. Just can't get the staff can you :-))

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Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 February 2016 at 22:04
Keith all is clear! I can understand why your wife didn't want to pose

About the emoticons - I just click on the little grid of faces to the right of the 'post reply' box. Do you see those? (I don't think they appear in mobile view eg on a tablet.) (But I could be wrong there)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote op1318 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2016 at 07:30
If anyone wants to have a sense of scale, click Nephila.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SnowFella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2016 at 07:44
Got to love the Orb spiders, get lots of Golden Orb's here of a somewhat smaller variety and they are stunning.

Less fun though when you unsuspectingly walk through a web in the dark, then it's a case of the slapdown dance to figure out where the buggery the flipping thing is! Same goes for the wandering types of spiders, once went to go to the garage at night and found the doorknob to of grown fur
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Keith S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2016 at 16:07
Talk of Golden Orb's and one shall appear . I saw this one at the docks at Banjul, The Gambia. It had built its web between a piling and the decking over the water.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote op1318 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2016 at 16:16
Nice!
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